BOOK REVIEWS Jeffery W. Bentley, Today There Is No Misery: The Ethnography in Northwest Portugal. Tucson and London: The University of Arizona Press, 1992, 177 pages. $ 29.95 (cloth). During the first half of 1992 the Portuguese government presided over for the first time the Council of Ministers of the European Community. One of the most important issues of the Presidency was the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) of the European Community, which today is financially a heavy burden for the budget of the European Community (about 65% of the budget is designated to agriculture). Portugal had the important role to prepare and convince the other member-states of the impor- tance of this reform of the CAP in the perspective of the intention to begin the Single European Market after January, 1, 1992. To this effect, Portugal and Spain gave up their transition periods for national agricultural reform, which the EC had conceded until 1996, ten years after the entry of both countries into the European Community. Now, some months after the introduction of the Single European Market, Portuguese agriculture is suffering a major crisis. The prices of agricultural goods are falling down, because the better
International Journal of Comparative Sociology (in 2002 continued as Comparative Sociology) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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