The role of policy networks in the coordination of the European Union’s economic and environmental interests: The case of EU mercury policy

Camilla Adelle (Lead Author), Andy Jordan, David Benson

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Policy networks can help to coordinate different objectives. The vast
literature on network governance often implies that the mere existence of networks will automatically lead to improved coordination. However, much empirical analysis so far has focused on networks within particular policy sectors, which may actually inhibit horizontal coordination across policy sectors. This focus has led to ambiguities regarding the use of networks in practice — which this article seeks to help address. By analysing the role of networks in the coordination of the EU’s economic and environmental objectives in the development of its mercury policy, the article demonstrates that policy networks need to span several policy sectors if they are to help reconcile competing policy objectives. Furthermore, certain characteristics of the policy area which contributed to the formation of an inter-sector network in this case
are discussed

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-489
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of European Integration - Revue d'Integration Europeanne
Issue number4
Early online date23 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Policy coordination
  • policy coherence
  • policy networks
  • mercury
  • environmental policy

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