Vol. 77 No. 3 (2022)
Research Articles

A participative methodology for prioritising intervention logic in the design of the Italian CAP Strategic Plan

Roberto Cagliero
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Giampiero Mazzocchi
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Alessandro Monteleone
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Fabio Pierangeli
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Pietro Manzoni di Chiosca
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Elio Romano
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy

Published 2022-11-25


  • CAP,
  • CSP,
  • needs,
  • prioritisation,
  • governance arrangements

How to Cite

Cagliero, R., Mazzocchi, G. ., Monteleone, A., Pierangeli, F., Manzoni di Chiosca, P., & Romano, E. (2022). A participative methodology for prioritising intervention logic in the design of the Italian CAP Strategic Plan. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, 77(3), 25–40. https://doi.org/10.36253/rea-13717


The new CAP implementation model requires each Member State to design a CAP Strategic Plan (CSP) to deliver operational actions under the two CAP pillars. Each CSP must be built from an evidence-based needs assessment that undergoes rigorous prioritisation to plan comprehensive and achievable interventions. In Italy, the institutional context requires all the Regions and Autonomous Provinces to express their preferences and to discuss the CSP collectively, both as regards identifying territorial needs and their prioritisation. In this framework, it became pertinent to introduce a specific instrument to facilitate participation in this process. The Italian Ministry, in collaboration with the National Rural Network, developed a participatory route to assess the prioritisation of the identified needs, to support the decision-making process in CSP drafting process. The process is primarily based on a voting aggregation technique called the Constrained Cumulative Voting method. The process identified makes it possible, on the one hand, to formulate a shared consensus on the level of importance of each need; on the other one, via the definition of natural breaks, to determine homogeneous groups of needs by importance of intervention. This process is in line with the European Commission’s legislative proposals requiring a sound and well-founded logic of intervention.


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