The European Union budget, the balanced budget rule and the development of common European policies

Ackrill, R.W. ORCID: 0000-0002-0739-1812, 2000. The European Union budget, the balanced budget rule and the development of common European policies. Journal of Public Policy, 20 (1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0143-814X

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Abstract

The European Union budget is subject to a strict annual balanced budget rule. Given different types of expenditure within the budget, this rule has most effect on - and is most threatened by - spending on the Common Agricultural Policy. This article examines the merits of applying a balanced budget rule to the EU budget and explores the links between the budget and the CAP. The presence of the rule also forced the EU to improve its financial management. The 1999 CAP reform is examined. The presence of a pre-agreed spending limit on the CAP forced changes to be made to the initial CAP reform agreement in order to comply with this limit, although political bargaining was critical in shaping the changes. The general perception is that the CAP drives the European budget. The budget, if not driving the CAP, imposes an increasingly tight constraint on its reform.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Public Policy
Creators: Ackrill, R.W.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 2000
Volume: 20
Number: 1
ISSN: 0143-814X
Rights: © Cambridge University Press 2000
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:50
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:12
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3590

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