The up-coming East-enlargement is the biggest enlargement in the history of the EU. It will not only have important impacts on economic development in both Eastern and Western European countries, but will also significantly influence future common policy outcomes within the EU-system. In this regard the research project focus on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the still most important supranational policy within the EU-system analyzing the economic, political and social factors shaping future CAP outcomes. In particular the project focus on the following topics: (1) Comparative analyses of organizational structures of the interest mediation process within the agricultural policy domain of selected accession countries as well as between accession countries and EU-15 member states. (2) Formal modeling of the international negotiation process of the EU-enlargement. (3) Analyzing future CAP outcomes in an enlarged EU under different economic, political and social framework conditions within a formal political economy model. At a methodological level the project applies innovative approaches of quantitative policy network analysis and operational models of positive political decision-making theory allowing for quantitative empirical policy analysis. In particular, the project focus on an applied general political economy equilibrium model including simultaneously an applied general equilibrium model for the economic sector and a political exchange model for the political sector.


Project Director:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Henning
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany

Project Assistant:

Dipl.agr.oec. Kim Carolin Krause
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany

M.Sc. Carsten Struve
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany

Cooperation Partners:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Frohberg
ZEF, Bonn/Germany

Dr. Martin Banse
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany





Work Packages


Polit-ökonomische Modellierung


Modellierung politischer Entscheidungen