Integrating environmental policies into the policies of all other sectors is the core European environmental policy. But there has been no thorough investigation of the political process involved. This volume provides the first. It analyses the process of policy integration - the greening of public policy - across the relevant sectors and countries. It finds significant variation from sector to sector and from country to country, and analyses the reasons for this. (Surprisingly the UK, traditionally the 'dirty man' of Europe is far more actively engaged than environmental 'progressives' such as Germany.) It identifies the obstacles to integration and offers solutions for policy formulation, decision making and implementation at the relevant political levels.
'With this book, Lenschow does fill an academic gap by mapping out the bureaucratic progress the EU has undergone in (attempting to) green policies. Therefore, it may prove a useful tool for those scholars who want to explore this direction further.' Environmental Politics
Part I: Introduction - Greening the European Union: An Introduction * Three Conceptions of the Integration Principle in International Environmental Law * Part II: Country Studies - Efficient Hardware and Light Green Software: Environmental Policy Integration in the UK * Efficient Policy Integration as a Political Principle: The German Case and the Implications of European Policy * Environmental Policy Integration in Italy: Is a Green Government Enough? Some Evidence from the Italian Case * Part III: European Union Policy Studies - Integrating European Environmental and Agricultural Policy * Why Does Environmental Policy Integration Fail? The Case of Environmental Taxation for Heavy Goods Vehicles * The Sustainability of Freight Transport Across the Alps: European Union Policy in Controversies on Transit Traffic * European Union Energy Policy in a Changing Climate * Dynamics in a Multilevel Policy: Greening the European Union Regional and Cohesion Funds * Part IV: Conclusion - Conclusion: What Are the Bottlenecks and Where Are The Opportunities for Greening the European Union? * Index