- Title Pages
- List of Abbreviations
- A Note on Terminology
- Introduction to Part I
- 1 The Single Market and the Environment: From Issue Linkage to Political Choice
- 2 Programmes, Principles, and Policies
- 3 Actors and Institutions in Environmental Governance
- 4 Patterns of Environmental Governance in the European Union
- Introduction to Part II
- 5 National Policies on the Environment: Evolution, Principles, and Style
- 6 The Institutionalization of Environmental Policy
- 7 Domestic Politics and Society-Related Variables
- 8 National Systems and Multi-Level Governance: Convergence through Compliance?
- 9 Convergent and Divergent Trends in European Environmental Policy
- Introduction to Part III
- 10 Water Quality and European Environmental Governance
- 11 Air Pollution Control and Multi-Level Governance
- 12 Packaging and Packaging Waste
- Introduction to Part IV
- 13 Understanding European Environmental Governance
- 14 North and South in the European Union: From Diffusion to Learning?
- 15 Competing Models of European Environmental Governance
- Name Index
- Subject Index
- (p.1) Introduction
- Environmental Governance in Europe
- Oxford University Press
In the years since 1972, the European Union (EU) has created a system of environmental governance. With a wide range of legislative measures, extending from pollution control in water and air through policies on solid waste management, the control of genetically modified organisms, and the protection of the wildlife and countryside, to requirements for environmental administration, management, reporting, and audit, the EU's environmental policy is broad in scope, extensive in detail, and often stringent in effort. The significance of environmental governance in the EU goes beyond matters of legislation, important though they may be. It extends to the ways in which decision-making on environmental policy has become institutionalised within Europe, both at the level of the EU itself and in the practices of its member states.
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