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From RACs to Advisory Councils: Lessons from North Sea discourse for the 2014 reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Gray



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


From RACs to Advisory Councils analyses the discourse of stakeholders engaged in Europe's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in a tier of governance known as RACs (Regional Advisory Councils) from 2004 to 2008. The analysis demonstrates a shift towards discursive sharing by participating stakeholders. This fostered inclusion but did not effect a redistribution of the power held by Europe's inter-governmental institutions. This more substantive change would require more, and more consistent, discursive consensus from stakeholders. With a reformed CFP for 2014, this paper considers the possibility of a future in which regional stakeholder-based fisheries governance becomes a reality. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Hatchard JL, Gray TS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Marine Policy

Year: 2014

Volume: 47

Pages: 87-93

Print publication date: 01/07/2014

Online publication date: 03/03/2014

Acceptance date: 13/02/2014

Date deposited: 25/09/2014

ISSN (print): 0308-597X

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9460

Publisher: Elsevier B.V.


DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.02.015


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