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Fishy politics?: An inquiry into information availability and implementation in European Union fisheries policy making
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

”Fishy politics?” sets out on a research journey in fisheries data and literature. Through using a mixed methods approach utilizing quantitative data from the European Union quota system, the Total Allowable Catch, and qualitative data found within a set search frame, the thesis aims to inquire into how it is possible to understand wether EU policy makers are able to make informed decisions. As many variables are working together,  influencing decision making processes, the research process turns out to be unsuccessful in locating specific factors although identifying several possible influences. Further, as connected to informed decision making, the research sets out into looking for indicators of the ways that available knowledge may effect decisions. Convergence was found between quantitative and qualitative results. This supports the idea that more plentiful information in EU fisheries policy decision making will result in quotas that can be found to be more reasonable as to populations concerned. However, the findings also indicate the need for more ecological research to be carried out in order to further support and increase well informed decision making in fisheries, as well as to evaluate whether a quota system is a long term sustainable solution for EU fisheries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
European Union, Fisheries, Fisheries Policy, Fisheries Quotas, Fisheries Statistics Decision making assessment, Common Fisheries Policy, CFP, Total Allowable Catch, TAC
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39653OAI: diva2:785284
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Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-02-02 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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