Governance and Environment in Western Europe: Politics, Policy and Administration, provides an up-to-date overview of developments in this area focusing on a selection of ten countries in Western Europe and the European Union. The countries examined are: Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The range of countries covered - representing as they do different stages of development in environmental policy, different state and institutional traditions - provides an interesting comparative analysis of how different countries confronting similar problems of environmental management have responded politically and (re)organised their administrative systems for implementing these policies.
Table of Contents
1. Environmental policy - the outcome of strategic action and institutional characteristics -Kenneth Hanf and Alf-Inge Jansen.
2. Britain: Coming to terms with sustainable development? - Neil Carter and Philip Lowe.
3. Denmark: Consensus seeking and decentralisation - Mikael Skou Anderson, Peter Munk Christiansen and Soren Winter.
4. France: Fragmented administration and consensual implementation - Corrine Larrue and Lucien Chagason.
5. Germany: The engine in European environmental policy - Heinrich Pehle and Alf-Inge Jansen.
6. Greece: administrative symbols and policy realities - Calliope Spanou.
7. Italy: Environmental policy in a fragmented state - Rudolf Lewanski.
8. The Netherlands: Joint regulation and sustainable development - Kenneth Hanf and Egbert van der Gronden.
9. Norway: Balancing environmental quality and interest in oil - Alf-Inge Jansen and Per Kristen Mydske.
10. Spain: Environmental policy and public administration. A marriage of convenience officiated by the public? - Nuria Font and Francesc Morata.
11. Sweden: From environmental restoration to ecological modernisation - Lennart J. Lundqvist.
12. The European Union: Environmental policy and the prospects for sustainable development -Alan Butt Philip.
13. Environmental challenges and institutional changes. An interpretation of the development of environmental policy in Western Europe - Alf-Inge Jansen, Oddgeir Osland and Kenneth Hanf.
List of contributors.