1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy

Edited By Helge Jörgens, Christoph Knill, Yves Steinebach Copyright 2023
    476 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art review of research on environmental policy and governance.

    The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy has a strong focus on new problem structures – a perspective that emphasizes the preconditions and processes of environmental policymaking – and a comparative approach that covers all levels of local, national, and global policymaking. The volume examines the different conditions under which environmental policymaking takes place in different regions of the world and tracks the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical developments that have been made in recent years. It also highlights emerging areas where new and/or additional research and reflection are warranted. Divided into four key parts, the accessible structure and the nature of the contributions allow the reader to quickly find a concise expert review on topics that are most likely to arise in the course of conducting research or developing policy, and to obtain a broad, reliable survey of what is presently known about the subject.

    The resulting compendium is an essential resource for students, scholars, and policymakers working in this vital field.

    1 Introduction: A Research Agenda for Environmental Policy Analysis – Past, Present, and Future

    Helge Jörgens, Christoph Knill, and Yves Steinebach

    PART I Analytical Concepts and Paradigms in Environmental Policy Analysis

    2 Emergence and Development of the Environmental Policy Field

    Michael Böcher

    3 Environmental Policy Outputs, Outcomes, and Impacts

    Yves Steinebach

    4 The Environmental State

    Andreas Duit

    5 Polycentric Governance

    Andrew Jordan and Dave Huitema

    6 Ecological Modernization and Beyond

    Martin Jänicke and Helge Jörgens

    PART II Determinants of Environmental Policy Performance

    7 Determinants of Performance in National Environmental Policies

    Detlef Jahn and Lisa Klagges

    8 Bureaucracy and Environmental Policy

    Christoph Knill and Yves Steinebach

    9 Analytical Perspectives on Environmental Policy Integration

    Christina Steinbacher

    10 Environmental Policy Implementation

    Jale Tosun and Simon Schaub

    11 Environmental Policy Evaluation

    Jonas J. Schoenefeld

    12 International Public Administrations in Environmental Governance

    Helge Jörgens, Nina Kolleck, Alexandra Goritz, Mareike Well, Johannes Schuster, and Barbara Saerbeck

    13 The Role of Litigation of Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations in Environmental Politics and Policy

    Annette Elisabeth Töller, Paul-Philipp Schnase, and Fabio Bothner

    14 Indigenous and Local Knowledge in Environmental Decision Making: The Case of Climate Change

    Israel Solorio, Raúl Romero, and Claudia Ros

    15 The Science–Policy Interface and Evidence-Based Policymaking in Environmental Policy: Promises and Pitfalls

    Adam M. Wellstead, Kei Schmidt, and Anat Gofen

    PART III Environmental Policy Change

    16 Policy Change and Policy Accumulation in the Environmental Domain: Causes and Consequences

    Christoph Knill

    17 Leaders, Pioneers, and Followers in Environmental Governance

    Duncan Liefferink, Mikael Skou Andersen, Jana Gheuens, Paul Tobin, Diarmuid Torney, and Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel

    18 Convergence and Diffusion of Environmental Policies

    Christoph Knill, Yves Steinebach, and Xavier Fernandéz-i-Marín

    19 Policy Design for Sustainable Energy and the Interplay of Procedural and Substantive Policy Instruments

    Ishani Mukherjee

    20 Securitization, Climate Change, and Energy

    Maria Julia Trombetta

    21 Environmental Policy Dynamics in Southeast Asia: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    Sreeja Nair, Ishani Mukherjee, Michael Howlett, and Benjamin Cashore

    PART IV Transformation of Environmental Policies: Paradigmatic Challenges

    22 The Challenge of Long-Term Environmental Policy

    Detlef Sprinz

    23 Cities and Urban Transformations in Multi-Level Climate Governance

    Kristine Kern

    24 Policy Mixes for Addressing Environmental Challenges: Conceptual Foundations, Empirical Operationalisation, and Policy Implications

    Karoline S. Rogge and Qi Song

    25 Fifty Shades of Sufficiency: Semantic Confusion and No Policy

    Doris Fuchs, Sylvia Lorek, Pia Mamut, and Anica Roßmöller

    26 The New Climate Movement: Organization, Strategy, and Consequences

    Aron Buzogány and Patrick Scherhaufer

    27 Geoengineering and Public Policy: Framing, Research, and Deployment

    Ina Möller

    28 Environmental Policymaking in Authoritarian Countries: The Cases of Singapore and Russia

    Catherine Chen and Christian Aschenbrenner

    29 Environmental Policy in Fast-Growing Economies: The Case of India

    Kirsten Jörgensen

    30 Conclusions: Past Achievements and Future Directions for Environmental Policy Research

    Helge Jörgens, Christoph Knill, and Yves Steinebach


    Helge Jörgens is Associate Professor of Public Policy at Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon and Integrated Researcher at CIES-Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, Portugal.

    Christoph Knill is Full Professor of Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, Germany.

    Yves Steinebach is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    "This collection of concisely written articles by a group of leading European and international scholars provides a compelling introduction to important environmental policy themes from both historical and contemporaneous perspectives. Key analytical concepts and paradigms which have guided environmental policy making over the past decades are discussed, factors affecting environmental policy performance and environmental policy change are introduced, and the challenges that will need to be overcome to achieve transformations of energy systems and urban environments are considered. A broad range of topics, including geoengineering, indigenous knowledge in climate policy, the role of litigation, and new forms of environmental activism are covered. The book will be of great use to teachers, students and practitioners looking for a solid overview of central environmental policy concepts, research questions, and empirical approaches."

    Miranda Schreurs, Professor of Environmental and Climate Policy, Technical University of Munich

    "This fascinating book provides a wide-ranging overview of advances in the study of environmental policy over the past few decades. The editors are to be commended for their selection of cutting-edge topics and of top-rate scholars to cover them. A great volume that provides an overview of key topic in environmental policy and highlights recent advances in scholarship."

    James Meadowcroft, Professor at the School of Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada