Environmental Governance in Europe: A Comparative Analysis of New Environmental Policy Instruments

Rüdiger K. W. Wurzel, Anthony R. Zito, Andrew J. Jordan

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European governance has witnessed dramatic changes in recent decades. By assessing the use of ‘new’ environmental policy instruments in European Union countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, this timely book analyses whether traditional forms of top-down government have given way to less hierarchical governance instruments, which rely strongly on societal self-steering and/or market forces. The authors provide important new theoretical insights as well as fresh empirical detail on why, and in what form, these instruments are being adopted within and across different levels of governance, along with analysis of the often-overlooked interactions between the instrument types.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)978 1 84980 466 0, 978 1 78254 502 6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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