1st Edition

Making the European Green Deal Work EU Sustainability Policies at Home and Abroad

Edited By Helene Dyrhauge, Kristina Kurze Copyright 2024
    224 Pages 2 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 2 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book critically analyses different dimensions in the sustainable transitions outlined by the European Green Deal, focusing on both internal actions and external relations and highlighting the EU’s diverging powers and capabilities in achieving the core objectives.

    As with the Green Deal itself, the chapters cover different policies including financial instruments, energy policies, climate policies and external policies and apply the ideal-type logics of appropriateness and consequences to analyse sustainable transformations. The variety of the cases contribute to a broad understanding of how different actors interpret and implement the aims of the European Green Deal, including especially those lagging behind, who, for various reasons, are struggling with the sustainable transition. From examining their policies, the book illuminates the challenges and opportunities they are facing. Overall, the contributions address key questions surrounding the EU’s powers and limits in inducing transformative change and implementing the European Green Deal.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of EU sustainability policies, sustainability transitions and green economy, environmental studies, energy policy, energy governance and climate change, public policy, comparative politics and international relations.

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    Introduction – Making the European Green Deal work: EU sustainability policies at home and abroad

    Helene Dyrhauge and Kristina Kurze

    Part I: Making the European Green Deal work at home

    1. The European Green Deal: Shifting the EU’s gaze towards the future?

    Jana Gheuens

    2. Green fiscal systems: Their role in the European Green Deal

    Rosa Fernandez

    3. The role of the European Investment Bank in financing the green transition

    Helen Kavvadia

    4. The keys to the EU’s climate neutrality goal: Forest carbon and LULUCF

    Sonia Chikh M’hamed and Detlef F. Sprinz

    5. Renovating Europe: How to start and steer a wave?

    Jonas J. Schoenefeld, Britta Stein and Ina Renz

    6. The role of conditionality in the relationship between the EU and the Visegrád Four countries

    Rafal Fabianowicz

    7. Proper in speech, careful in acts: Slovenia’s challenging transition to climate neutrality

    Danijel Crnčec, Jerneja Penca and Marko Lovec

    Part II: Making the European Green Deal work abroad

    8. Green deal diplomacy towards regional organisations: Assessing the EU’s potential diplomatic leverage

    Sören Münch and Kristina Kurze

    9. Protection of the global climate in EU–Russia relations: An assessment of norm strength and logic of action

    Danijel Crnčec, Jure Požgan and Ana Bojinović Fenko

    10. When climate action is strategic: The case of the European Neighbourhood Policy towards Egypt

    Defne Günay

    11. Just transition and the European Green Deal: The case of coal mining in Colombia

    Gabriel Weber, Laura Ardila and Ignazio Cabras


    Helene Dyrhauge and Kristina Kurze



    Helene Dyrhauge is Associate Professor in International Public Administration and Politics in the Department for Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark.

    Kristina Kurze is Associate Professor of International and European Politics at Andrássy University Budapest, Hungary, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Göttingen, Germany.