POLICY PRACTICE VS. PUBLIC PERCEPTION: DOES THE SUPPORT FOR MULTIFUNCTIONAL AGRICULTURE IN SLOVENIA DELIVER THE RIGHT THING?

2006, 7 (3)   p. 565-570

Luka Juvančič, Renata Slabe Erker

Abstract

The concept of multifunctionality is increasingly included in argumentation and instruments of agricultural policy. The paper deals with a question to what extent policy instruments relate to public preferences towards multifunctional agriculture. The case of Slovenia is taken as an example. Internet-based survey was carried out in order to identify and rank various attributes of multifunctional agriculture in Slovenia. Survey results are confronted with review of rural development policy instruments. This comparison shows that extensive policy support towards sustainable land management and preservation of countryside in Slovenia is in accordance with stated preferences of survey respondents. On the other hand, high ranks given by survey respondents are in contrast with low importance in policy support towards food safety and quality aspects of multifunctional agriculture

Keywords

multifunctional agriculture, slovenia, policy design, public preferences

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