1st Edition

Air Protection in the European Union Member States From Laggards to Pushers

    172 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Member states of the European Union often label themselves as the World’s top Green Leaders. Air Protection in the European Union Member States examines the EU members' air protection policies, by taking into consideration wider political, social and economic perspectives.

    The book is divided into four chapters, each focusing on different aspects of the European Union's environmental policies and the member states' air protection efforts: Green and Smart – The Development of the European Union’s Environmental Policies, Ever Cleaner Union and the Air Protection Concept, Trends of Air Pollution in the European Union – Comparative Perspective, and In Depth Case Studies. These chapters provide a comparative approach to emerging emission trends within the EU, paying particular attention to key events spanning 2020-2023, such as the implementation of the Green Deal, the reinterpretation of the meaning of public health caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strategic withdrawal from hydrocarbons accelerate by the outbreak of war in Ukraine. Throughout the book, three main categories of states are characterised: leaders, second-raters, and laggards.

    Air Protection in the European Union Member States presents a combination of general discussions, legislative analyses, comparative studies, and detailed case studies, demonstrating the origin, development, and trends in air protection policies within the European Union. This uniquely interdisciplinary book will be a vital guide for students, researchers and teachers in the fields of global studies, international relations, political and economic science.

    Introduction  Chapter I. Green and smart – the development of the European union’s environmental policies  Chapter II. Ever cleaner union and the air protection concept  Chapter III. Trends of air pollution in europe – comparative perspective  Chapter IV. In depth case studies  Appendix  Index


    Magdalena Tomala is Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Computer Modelling, Kielce University of Technology, Poland. She conducts research on governance in public policies and international relations. The main areas of research are issues of economy, sustainable development, ecology and international cooperation. Author of the monographs Greenland, in the system of international relations in the light of Immanuel Wallerstein's systems-worlds theory (2016); Sustainable Development of the Baltic Sea Region (2020); co-authored monograph: The Northern Dimension of the European Union. Political and Legal Study (2009); Politics and Development in the North American Arctic (2021); Public Policy and the Impact of COVID-19 in Europe (2022).

    Katarzyna Dośpiał-Borysiak is an associate professor at the University of Lodz (Poland), Faculty of International and Political Studies. She specializes in sustainable development, climate policies, and regionalism. Her main geographical scope for research is the European Union, especially Nordic countries and Poland. Author of three books covering various regional perspectives for example Civic and Uncivic Values in Poland. Value Transformation, Education, and Culture, 2019 (co-edited with Sabrina Ramet and Kristen Ringdal) and over 50 scientific articles, chapters and reviews.