This study analyses the promotion of collective action for agri-environmental public goods and addresses externalities by reviewing the experience of various OECD member countries. Twenty-five cases from 13 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) are examined. The study shows that collective action should be given serious consideration as a means of addressing many agricultural and natural resource issues, and in some cases collective action should be actively promoted.
Foreword -- Executive summary -- Understanding agri-environmental public goods through country experience -- Relationship between collective action and agri-environmental public goods -- Farmer behaviour and collective action -- Promotion of collective action and policy implications -- Australia case study -- Belgium case study -- Canada case study -- Finland case study -- France case study -- Germany case study -- Italy case study -- Japan case study -- The Netherlands case study -- New Zealand case study -- Spain case study -- Sweden case study -- United Kingdom case study -- Annex A. Game theory and collective action
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