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Unpacking Governance Sustainability of Bulgarian Agriculture

Hrabrin Bachev, Bojidar Ivanov and Angel Sarov

Economic Studies journal, 2020, issue 6, 106-137

Abstract: Inclusion “fourth” Governance pillar in concept for understanding and assessment system of agrarian sustainability is increasingly justified in academic, government, international, and private organisations documents. In Bulgaria, practically there are no comprehensive assessments of governance sustainability of agriculture. This study tries to fill the gap and suggests a holistic framework for understanding and assessing the governance sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture. Newly elaborated approach is “tested” in a large-scale study for assessing governance sustainability of the country’s agriculture at national, sectoral, regional, eco-system and farm levels. It has been proved that it is important to include “missing” Governance Pillar in the assessment of integral and particular sustainability of agriculture and agro-systems of various type. Multiple Principles, Criteria and Indicators assessment of Governance sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture indicate that the Overall Governance Sustainability is at Good but close to Satisfactory level. There is a considerable differentiation in the level of Integral Governance sustainability of different agro-systems. Individual indicators with the highest and lowest values determine the critical factors enhancing or deterring particular and integral Governance sustainability of evaluated agro-system. Results on integral sustainability assessment based on micro and macro data show some discrepancies which are to be taken into consideration in analysis while assessment indicators, methods and data sources improved.

JEL-codes: Q12 Q18 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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