Property and agri-environmental legislation Europe

Sikor, Thomas (2005) Property and agri-environmental legislation Europe. Sociologica Ruralis, 45 (3). pp. 187-201. ISSN 0038-0199

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Governments across Central and Eastern Europe have enacted agri-environmental legislation over the past decade. This paper explores how the legislation has played out in practice, using property as an analytical lens to examine the social dynamics surrounding agri-environmental problems. The analysis proceeds by way of three case studies on irrigation management in Bulgaria, biodiversity conservation in the Czech Republic, and the preservation of open space in Poland. The findings highlight the discrepancy between the legal rights accorded to land owners and their rights-in-practice. Land owners contest the constraints imposed by agri-environmental legislation through strategies ranging from avoidance to open violation. They also counter the goal of environmental protection by invoking competing social values. The material and symbolic contestations form new sets of regulations blurring the boundary between public oversight and private rights delineated in agri-environmental legislation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Climate Change
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 02 May 2024 15:30
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2005.00300.x

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