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Governing Sustainability in the EU

From Political Discourse to Policy Practices, 1st Edition

By Ekaterina Domorenok

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190 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Governing Sustainability in the EU examines the recent novelties in the EU agenda for sustainable development, illustrating how the process of policy change has occurred at different levels, comprising general priorities, specific objectives and policy instruments.

The book focuses on the evolution of the principle of policy integration and analyses its implementation by specific policy instruments across three policy areas: energy efficiency (the Covenant of Mayors), innovation (the Eco-Innovation Programme) and regional development (ERDF regional programmes regarding sustainable urban development). It specifically examines two domestic contexts (Italy and the UK) with the aim of understanding how the goals and means envisaged by the EU have been translated into concrete policy practices on the ground, and which factors have influenced the creation of new policy and governance practices necessary for the achievement of sustainable development objectives.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of sustainable development, European Union Politics, and Environmental Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Understanding Policy Change in the EU: What is Missing in our Knowledge of Policy Implementation?

2. EU Agenda for Sustainable Development: Evolving Policy Instruments and Governance Architectures

3. National Sustainable Development Strategies: Italy and the United Kingdom Compared

4. Actions for Sustainable Urban Development in Cohesion Policies

5. Local Action for Sustainable Energy: The EU Covenant of Mayors

6. Technological Innovation for Environment: The Eco-Innovation Programme 

7. Conclusions

About the Author

Ekaterina Domorenok is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union

What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.

This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:

  1. Far from being a system composed uniquely of ‘national’ and ‘supranational’ bodies, the government of the EU is enacted by all the public and private practitioners who participate in the construction and institutionalization of ‘European public problems’;
  2. This government is inscribed in a strongly fragmented European polity. However, its fragments –be they sectoral or territorial- seldom map neatly onto the frontiers of the member states;
  3. Integrating this government and polity constitutes a permanent challenge not only for the formulation of European public problems and their treatment (eg. for environmental protection), but also for the legitimation of these processes and the actors they involve (eg. Commission representatives).

The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

a.smith@sciencespobordeaux.fr

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General