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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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Patterns of Environmental Governance in the European Union

Patterns of Environmental Governance in the European Union

(p.113) 4 Patterns of Environmental Governance in the European Union
Environmental Governance in Europe

Albert Weale

Geoffrey Pridham

Michelle Cini

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Martin Porter

Brendan Flynn

Oxford University Press

In the previous chapter, the development of European policy institutions was examined, and the proliferation and associated institutional complexity that now constitutes the European system of environmental governance was noted. This chapter focuses on the functioning of that system of governance in terms of the decisions that are taken and the forms of behavior that are characteristic, given those institutions. The main concern is the processes that are characteristic of primary rule-making in the environmental field. It is in looking at the operation of institutions of the European system of environmental governance that it can be seen that system has transcended the constraints of the nation state. Overall, the complexity of the European policy process makes life difficult for those attempting to unpack the sources and influences on environmental policy.

Keywords:   European Union, environmental governance, rule-making, nation state, environmental policy, decision-making

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