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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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Competing Models of European Environmental Governance

Competing Models of European Environmental Governance

(p.488) 15 Competing Models of European Environmental Governance
Environmental Governance in Europe

Albert Weale

Geoffrey Pridham

Michelle Cini

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Martin Porter

Brendan Flynn

Oxford University Press

In the European Union, the system of environmental governance is the product of political action but not of political design. Instead of confronting the major questions of constitutional principle involved in the integration of European societies, the Monnet method involves policy-makers focusing on apparently technical matters of low politics in order to promote greater political cooperation among member states. Therefore, in some ways, environmental policy can be regarded as a textbook illustration of the Monnet method at work. With its background in the low politics of the harmonisation of technical standards within the single market, it spilled over into an institutionalised domain of policy in its own right. One important aspect of spillover is that it is no respecter of the distinction between primary and secondary rules.

Keywords:   European Union, environmental governance, political action, environmental policy, political cooperation, Monnet method

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