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Title: Influence of policy design and implementation on farmers' decision making : a study of the attitudes of vine-growers in the Greek Less Favoured Areas
Author: Micha, Evgenia
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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Despite the fact that viticulture is a essential part of the economic and cultural life of Less Favoured Areas in Greece, it is facing many challenges that lead to its abandonment. As a motivation against land abandonment the European Union offers a series of opportunities to farmers, including vine-growers, to finance their farming businesses by participating in schemes that promote farm multifunctionality. However, Greek vine-growers appear to be unwilling to adopt Rural Development Schemes. This study used data from in-depth interviews and a cross-sectional survey to vine-growers, in Greek Less Favoured Areas, to investigate how policy design and ways of implementation affect vine-growers decisions to participate in Rural Development (RD) Schemes, as proposed by the Rural Development Program for Greece - 2007- 2013, using the theoretical framework of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB). Emphasis is given to vine-growers views and attitudes towards the schemes, their perception of corruption in the Greek public sector, their perception of the impact of the Greek Government Debt Crisis on their activities and the farming systems applied. Non-linear was PCA used for the reduction of the original dataset and farmers' willingness to participate in RD schemes was investigated through the estimation of ordered probit models, accounting for sample selection bias. The empirical results were verified through content analysis of the in-depth interviews. The empirical findings highlight the impact of the Greek financial crisis on the continuation of vine-growing, as well as the need for policies to encourage social change, provide locally based marketing channels and facilitate access to decision making centres. Participation of vine-growers in Rural Development schemes was mostly influenced by economic recession, perception of corruption, life attitudes and previous participation in the schemes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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