1st Edition

Sustainability in European Environmental Policy Challenges of Governance and Knowledge

Edited By Rob Atkinson, Terizakis Georgios Copyright 2011
    224 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines sustainability in European environmental policy and explores the related challenges of governance and knowledge. It provides an assessment of the EU sustainability strategy and concentrates on three key directives: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Emissions Trading (ET) and Air Pollution control.

    Sustainability in European Environmental Policy develops an innovative analytical model for the study of governance for sustainability, focusing on the potential synergies between new governance modes and different forms of knowledge. This cross-national and comparative volume features research on nine European countries and focuses on topics including governance, spatial planning and networks in the context of sustainability policy and its development within UK, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Greece and Norway.

    Making an important contribution to debates on governance, sustainability, knowledge and policy, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, environmental studies, urban studies and European studies.

    1. Introduction: Governance, Knowledge and Sustainability - An Introduction and Overview Rob Atkinson, Georgios Terizakis and Karsten Zimmermann  2. Sustainability and Knowledge: European Environmental Policy and the Challenge of Sustainability in a Multilevel System Karsten Zimmermann, Bas Denters and Pieter-Jan Klok  3. The Place of Knowledge in Policy Making Processes An Assessment of Three EU Environmental Policy Instruments Sonja Löber  4. Governance and Knowledge: How do they Interact? Conceptual Propositions Hubert Heinelt, Gerd Held, Tanja Kopp-Malek, Ulf Matthiesen, Eva Reisinger and Karsten Zimmermann  5. The Cognitive Turn in Political Science Frank Nullmeier Tanja Kopp-Malek and Steffen Schneider  6. The Zone of Knowledge Transactions: Recent Tendencies in Knowledge Production, Knowledge Sharing and the Trading of Knowledge from a Socio-Spatial Perspective Ulf Matthiese and Eva Reisinger  7. Theories of Discourse and Narrative: What do They Mean for Governance and Policy? Rob Atkinson, Gerhard Held and Stephen Jeffares  8. Strategic Environmental Assessment, Strategic Spatial Planning, and the Politics of Local Knowledge Alessandro Balducci, Claudio Calvaresi and Karsten Zimmermann  9. How Great Expectations in Brussels are Dashed in
    Großkrotzenburg: The Impacts of Reflective Knowledge Demonstrated in an Empirical Case of Implementing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Sonja Löber and Hubert Heinelt  10. Governance, Knowledge and Policy Networks in Strategic Environmental Assessment Carolina Pacchi, Kara Davies,Valeria Fedeli and Martin Lund-Iversen  11. Governing Knowledge for Sustainability: An Appropriate Research Heuristic or Too Complex for Reality? Rob Atkinson, Georgios Terizakis and Karsten Zimmermann


    Rob Atkinson is a Professor in the Cities Research Centre, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England.

    Georgios Terizakis works in the unit for the science-practice cooperation of the Centre of Research Excellence, Urban Research at Darmstadt University of Technology and coordinated the GFORS project.

    Karsten Zimmermann works in the Institute for Political Science and LOEWE Centre of Research Excellence, Urban Research at Darmstadt University of Technology.

    'The network analysis in the book provides a strong description and introduction to several policy mechanisms within the EU.' - Katrina Kelly, University of Nottingham