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Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy

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ISBN 9780367489922
June 26, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
448 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 allows 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.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: A Research Agenda for Environmental Policy Analysis – Past, Present and Future (Helge Jörgens, Christoph Knill and Yves Steinebach)
  2. PART 1. Analytical Concepts and Paradigms in Environmental Policy Analysis

  3. Emergence and development of the environmental policy field (Michael Böcher)
  4. Environmental Policy Outputs, Outcomes, and Impacts (Yves Steinebach)
  5. The Environmental State (Andreas Duit)
  6. Polycentric Governance (Andrew Jordan and Dave Huitema)
  7. Ecological modernization and beyond (Martin Jänicke and Helge Jörgens)
  8. PART 2: Determinants of Environmental Policy Performance

  9. Determinants of Performance in National Environmental Policies (Detlef Jahn and Lisa Klagges)
  10. Bureaucracy and Environmental Policy (Christoph Knill and Yves Steinebach)
  11. Analytical Perspectives on Environmental Policy Integration (Christina Steinbacher)
  12. Environmental Policy Implementation (Jale Tosun and Simon Schaub)
  13. Environmental Policy Evaluation (Jonas J. Schoenefeld)
  14. International Public Administrations in Environmental Governance (Helge Jörgens, Nina Kolleck, Alexandra Goritz, Mareike Well, Johannes Schuster and Barbara Saerbeck)
  15. The role of ENGOs’ litigation in environmental politics & policy (Annette Elisabeth Töller, Paul-Philipp Schnase and Fabio Bothner)
  16. Indigenous and Local Knowledge in Environmental Decision Making: The Case of Climate Change (Israel Solorio, Raúl Romero and Claudia Ros)
  17. The Science-Policy Interface and Evidence-based Policymaking in Environmental Policy – Promises and Pitfalls (Adam Wellstead, Kei Schmidt and Anat Gofen)
  18. PART 3: Environmental Policy Change

  19. Policy Change and Policy Accumulation in the Environmental Domain: Causes and Consequences (Christoph Knill)
  20. Leaders, Pioneers and Followers in Environmental Governance (Duncan Liefferink, Mikael Skou Andersen, Jana Gheuens, Paul Tobin, Diarmuid Torney and Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel)
  21. Convergence and Diffusion of Environmental Policies (Christoph Knill, Yves Steinebach and Xavier Fernandéz-i-Marín)
  22. Policy design for sustainable energy and the interplay of procedural and substantive policy instruments (Ishani Mukherjee)
  23. Securitization, climate change and energy (Maria Julia Trombetta)
  24. Environmental Policy Dynamics in Southeast Asia: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Sreeja Nair, Ishani Mukherjee, Michael Howlett and Benjamin Cashore)
  25. PART 4: Transformation of Environmental Policies: Paradigmatic Challenges

  26. The Challenge of Long-Term Environmental Policy (Detlef Sprinz)
  27. Cities and urban transformations in multi-level climate governance (Kristine Kern)
  28. Policy Mixes for Addressing Environmental Challenges: Conceptual foundations, empirical operationalisation and policy implications (Karoline S. Rogge and Qi Song)
  29. Fifty Shades of Sufficiency: Semantic confusion and no policy (Doris Fuchs, Sylvia Lorek, Pia Mamut and Anica Roßmöller)
  30. The new climate movement: organizations, strategy and consequences (Aron Buzogány and Patrick Scherhaufer)
  31. Geoengineering and Public Policy: Framing, Research and Deployment (Ina Möller)
  32. Environmental Policymaking in Authoritarian Countries: The Cases of Singapore and Russia (Catherine Chen and Christian Aschenbrenner)
  33. Environmental Policy in Fast-Growing Economies – The Case of India (Kirsten Jörgensen)
  34. Conclusions: Future Directions for Environmental Policy Research (Helge Jörgens; Christoph Knill; Yves Steinebach)


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

Christoph Knill is Full Professor of Political Science at LMU Munich, Germany.

Yves Steinebach is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the University 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