Environmental policy evaluation in the EU: between learning, accountability, and political opportunities?

Jonas Schoenefeld, Andrew Jordan

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Policy evaluation has grown significantly in the EU environmental sector since the 1990s. In identifying and exploring the putative drivers behind its rise – a desire to learn, a quest for greater accountability, and a wish to manipulate political opportunity structures – new ground is broken by examining how and why the existing literatures on these drivers have largely studied them in isolation. The complementarities and potential tensions between the three drivers are then addressed in order to advance existing research, drawing on emerging empirical examples in climate policy, a very dynamic area of evaluation activity in the EU. The conclusions suggest that future studies should explore the interactions between the three drivers to open up new and exciting research opportunities in order to comprehend contemporary environmental policy and politics in the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 365-384
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2019


  • Evaluation
  • accountability
  • learning
  • environmental policy
  • evaluation governance
  • EU

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