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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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The Institutionalization of Environmental Policy

The Institutionalization of Environmental Policy

(p.192) 6 The Institutionalization of Environmental Policy
Environmental Governance in Europe

Albert Weale

Geoffrey Pridham

Michelle Cini

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Martin Porter

Brendan Flynn

Oxford University Press

Questions of administrative organisation in relation to environmental policy must be considered. Firstly, while it is clear that alterations in the machinery of government generally take place for a number of reasons, the desire of policy-makers to give weight to a policy area and to symbolise new priorities is often an important consideration. In comparative terms, therefore, it can be thought of that issues of administrative organisation are providing some measure of policy salience. Moreover, looking at policy organisational structures also allows for empirical comparison of the relative importance of issue-based explanations of the developments of environmental policy with the importance of explanations based on national institutional patterns and policy styles, and such comparison is one of the central purposes of this chapter.

Keywords:   European Union, administrative organisation, environmental policy, institutionalisation, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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