New Instruments of Environmental Governance?: National Experiences and Prospects

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Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony R. Zito
Psychology Press, 2003 - Political Science - 232 pages
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Many highly industrialized countries are rapidly adopting new environmental policy instruments (NEPIs) such as eco-taxes, tradable permits, voluntary agreements and eco-labels. This apparently profound shift has prompted widespread claims that NEPIs have eclipsed regulation as the preferred tool of environmental policy. This volume offers a fresh perspective on the evolving tool-box of environmental policy by providing a systematic analysis of the policy and politics surrounding the adoption and use of the main NEPIs in a variety of countries. By blending political theories with fresh empirical material, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume assess the claim that NEPIs have supplanted regulation, heralding a new era of environmental governance in which the state plays a secondary role in sustainability policy-making.
 

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Contents

Governance Patterns and Pathways of Change
3
New Environmental Policy Instruments in Australia
27
Regulatory Past? New Environmental Policy Instruments in Austria
51
New Environmental Policy Instruments in Finland
73
New Environmental Policy Instruments in France
93
Ecological Market Economy? New Environmental Policy Instruments in Germany
115
Much Talk But Little Action? New Environmental Policy Instruments in Ireland
137
New Environmental Policy Instruments in the Netherlands
157
Policy Innovation or Muddling Through? New Environmental Policy Instruments in the United Kingdom
179
An Evolution or a Revolution in Environmental Policy?
201
Abstracts
225
Notes on Contributors
229
Index
230
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Andrew Jordan is Reader and Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellow in Environmental Politics, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.

Rudiger K.W. Wurzel is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Hull.

Anthony R. Zito is Lecturer in European Politics and University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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