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Environmental Governance in EuropeAn Ever Closer Ecological Union?$
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Albert Weale, Geoffrey Pridham, Michelle Cini, Dimitrios Konstadakopulos, Martin Porter, and Brendan Flynn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257478.001.0001

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Understanding European Environmental Governance

Understanding European Environmental Governance

(p.441) 13 Understanding European Environmental Governance
Environmental Governance in Europe

Albert Weale

Geoffrey Pridham

Michelle Cini

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Martin Porter

Brendan Flynn

Oxford University Press

To say that institutions matter — whether in the light of domestic institutions, international regimes, or a unique set of institutions like those of the EU — is to treat them as variables that mediate between the preferences and interests of powerful actors and the policy choices that are made. Institutions matter because, so it is assumed, the same pattern of preferences and interests will give rise to different policy decisions in different institutional contexts. Clearly, the claim that there is a system of EU environmental governance implies that, in the making of EU environmental rules and policies, the process through which policy preferences pass is important. However, in order for it to even matter, institutions have first to be created.

Keywords:   environmental governance, institutions, European Union, environmental policy, environmental rules

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