Czech farmers facing agricultural policy in the period of revitalization
H. Hudečková, M. Lošťákhttps://doi.org/10.17221/5311-AGRICECONCitation:Hudečková H., Lošťák M. (2002): Czech farmers facing agricultural policy in the period of revitalization. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 48: 233-244.
The paper addresses the behaviour of Czech farmers in the frames (structures) created by the agricultural policy in Czechia during the period of the Czech agriculture revitalization. The theoretical background of the paper is formed by the duality of actor and structures. The text considers the ideas embedded in the rules of agricultural policy in investigated period as they are confronted with actual behaviour of the Czech farmers. The main assumption is that the circumstances of agricultural policy should primarily increase the competitiveness of the Czech agriculture. Because this issue is a new one, the qualitative approach to deal with these problems was exploited. In-depth (less standardized) interviews with representatives of six farms were conducted. These farms are typical by various strategies of action. The results focus on information about the level of systematic knowledge of agricultural policy, about the specific reactions to particular areas of this policy (incl. farmers evaluation of particular measures related to Czech integration into EU) and about experiences related to the SAPARD program implementation.Keywords:
action, structures, transaction costs, agricultural policy, SAPARD