The Future of European Union Environmental Politics and Policy investigates the trajectory of European Union (EU) environmental policy and reflects on how this hugely vital policy area of the EU has evolved over the decades.
Gathering together a selection of the leading scholars working on European environmental policy, the volume assesses the extent to which change has occurred in important dimensions of EU environmental policy research. These dimensions include the EU’s values and approaches, the provision of leadership, the possibilities of Brexit and the dismantling of policies, policy instruments and climate change, policy implementation and enforcement as well as policy evaluation. The contributors situate their research in the context of current developments and conditions, including the global economic challenges and the rise of political challenges to both European governance and integration. Each chapter reviews the EU environmental policy over the long term and assesses the implications of current developments for the future health of European environmental policy, European integration and the environment itself.
The Future of European Union Environmental Politics and Policy will be of great interest to scholars of environmental politics, environmental governance and European Union Policy. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.
Introduction: Is the trajectory of European Union environmental policy less certain?
Anthony R. Zito, Charlotte Burns and Andrea Lenschow
2. Changing the story? The discourse of ecological modernisation in the European Union
3. The importance of compatible beliefs for effective climate policy integration
4. The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union
Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel, Duncan Liefferink and Maurizio Di Lullo
5. De-Europeanising or disengaging? EU environmental policy and Brexit
Charlotte Burns, Viviane Gravey, Andrew Jordan and Anthony Zito
6. Voluntary instruments for ambitious objectives? The experience of the EU Covenant of Mayors
7. Compliance with EU environmental law. The iceberg is melting
Tanja A. Börzel and Aron Buzogány
8. Left to interest groups? On the prospects for enforcing environmental law in the European Union
9. Environmental policy evaluation in the EU: between learning, accountability, and political opportunities?
Jonas J. Schoenefeld and Andrew J. Jordan