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1st Edition

The European Environmental Conscience in EU Politics
A Developing Ideology

ISBN 9780367901363
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
238 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on empirical studies of European energy and environmental policies, this book suggests that, in combination, these two policy fields form a consensus in the EU which might also become the basis for a new European ideology, namely European ‘sustainabilism’.

It asks why an environmental conscience has grown since the late 1960s in the industrialised world and shows that whilst there is undeniable environmental degradation during this time, and that a European environmental conscience has mainly developed through successive steps of European integration in energy policy. In this connection between energy and the environmental we find one driver for European integration and indeed European identity. If sustainabilism should become a European ideology, it will substantially influence the way future Europeans will live.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Studies, International Relations, Political Science, History, Economics, Sustainability Studies, Environmental and Energy Policies in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The European environmental Conscience in EU Politics

Thomas Hoerber and Gabriel Weber

Part 1: Energy and Environment in the European Union

1. A Linked Emissions Trading Scheme under Alternative Scenarios: implications for Europe and Brazil

Thais Diniz Oliveira, Angelo Costa Gurgel and Steve Tonry

2. Has the Time Now Come for Emissions Trading Schemes to Make Full Contribution to Combating Climate Change?

Ian Barnes and Li Lin

3. Towards Ego-Ecology? How domestic demands challenge the European environmental conscience and EU politics

Thomas Hoerber, Kristina Kurze and Joel Kuenzer

4. The Continued Lack of an Environmental Conscience in EU Transport Policy after the Dieselgate Scandal

Helene Dyrhauge

5. The Integrating Power of the Environmentally Conscious Energy: Re-thinking Global Positioning of the EU

Tomasz Braun

Part 2: Environmental Policies in the European Union

6. The Effective Impact of European Waste Directives on Sustainability Transition

Carola Guyot Phung

7. The Time has Come! The Development of the European Environmental Conscience: Evidence from the Eurobarometer surveys from 1974 to 2020

Marjorie Tendero

8. A Growing European Environmental Conscience

Joel Kuenzer

Conclusion: A (European) Ideology for the 21st Century?

Thomas Hoerber, Gabriel Weber and Ignazio Cabras

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Thomas Hoerber is Professor for European Studies, and Director of the EU-Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management, France.

Gabriel Weber is Associate Professor Sustainability and Ecological Economics at the ESSCA, School of Management, Bordeaux, France.