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4th Edition

Environmental Policy in the EU
Actors, Institutions and Processes

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ISBN 9781138392168
May 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
368 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The European Union (EU) has a hugely important effect on the way in which environmental policies are framed, designed and implemented in many parts of the world, but especially Europe. The new edition of this leading textbook provides a state-of-the-art analysis of the EU’s environmental policies.

Comprising five parts, Environmental Policy in the EU covers the rapidly changing context in which EU environmental policies are made, the key actors who interact to co-produce them and the most salient dynamics of policy making, ranging from agenda setting and decision making, through to implementation and evaluation. Written by leading international experts, individual chapters examine how the EU is responding to a multitude of different challenges including biodiversity loss, climate change, energy insecurity, and water and air pollution. They tease out the different ways in which the EU’s policies on these topics co-evolve with national and international environmental policies.

In this systematically updated fourth edition, a wider array of learning features are employed to ensure that readers fully understand how EU environmental policies have developed over the last fifty years and how they are currently adapting to the rapidly evolving challenges of the twenty-first century, including the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an essential resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying environmental policy and politics, climate change, environmental law and EU politics more broadly.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

1. EU Environmental Policy: Contexts, Actors and Policy Dynamics

Andrew Jordan, Viviane Gravey and Camilla Adelle

PART 1: Contexts

2. The establishment of EU environmental policy

Christoph Knill and Duncan Liefferink

3. External EU environmental policy

Katja Biedenkopf and Lisanne Groen

4. Studying EU environmental policy

Andrea Lenschow

PART 2: Actors

5. The Council, European Council and Member States

Rüdiger K. W. Wurzel

6. The European Commission

Alexander Bürgin

7. The Court of Justice of the European Union

Ludwig Krämer

8. The European Parliament

Charlotte Burns

9. Interest Groups

Nathalie Berny and Brendan Moore

PART 3: Policy dynamics

10. Agenda setting

Sebastiaan Princen

11. Policy making

Henning Deters

12. Policy integration

Claire Dupont and Andrew Jordan

13. Policy implementation

Asya Zhelyazkova and Eva Thomann

14. Policy evaluation

Per Mickwitz

15. The EU in international environmental negotiations

Tom Delreux

PART 4: New challenges

16. Is the EU still committed to developing more sustainably?

Reinhard Steurer

17. Governing with multiple policy instruments?

Brendan Moore, David Benson, Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger K. W. Wurzel and Anthony Zito

18. Making EU environmental policy more legitimate?

Andreas Hofmann

19. New policy dynamics in more uncertain times?

Viviane Gravey and Andrew Jordan

PART 5: Conclusion

20. EU environmental policy at 50: retrospect and respect

Andrew jordan, Viviane gravey and Camilla Adelle

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Andrew Jordan is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Viviane Gravey is Lecturer in European Politics in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.


"This book is so valuable. The next generation of politicians, business leaders and environmentalists need to understand the role of environmental policy, how it is made, and why it is so important for the future of humanity." -- Virginius Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

"This volume, in its 4th edition, is by now a true classic. It is one of the few go-to references on EU environmental policy and brings together lead authors on crucial themes. The editors mix institutional perspectives, policy domains and the role of actors in such a way that the historical trajectory of EU policy making is connected to new themes and prospective challenges. The contributing authors equally represent a strong mix of long-standing observers and younger contributors. This is a book that should be on everybody’s desk who has an interest in the topic." -- Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

"This rich and insightful volume should be considered essential reading by lawyers and political scientists alike. With contributions by leading experts examining key themes, it provides a one-stop-shop for launching an exploration into the complex and evolving dynamics of the internal and external aspects of EU environmental policy. While adopting a thematic approach, the volume offers insights into the substantive as well as the institutional dimensions of EU environmental policy. Highly recommended!"Joanne Scott, Professor of European Law, European University Institute

"A comprehensive and highly informative overview of EU environmental policy that includes its historical development, accomplishments, and current challenges. This newest edition is an indispensable resource to anyone interested in understanding how environmental policy in Europe is now being made and implemented." -- David Vogel, University of California, USA

"This new edition is a must read for students of political science interested in EU environmental policy. It contains a wealth of new material, in line with the continuous evolution of EU’s policy framework as well as concrete illustrations of some of Europe’s flagship policy initiatives in the field—both in terms of substance and process." -- Céline Charveriat, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy