This brand new textbook provides a concise and informative overview of environmental policy and politics in the European Union. It includes a thorough analysis of the traditional areas of environmental concern such as pollution and natural resources, as well as newer environmental issues, including GMOs and climate change. Throughout this clear and readable introduction, the authors emphasize the interdependence between EU environmental policy and changes at the global level, focusing in particular on the EU's role in global environmental governance.
The authors' didactic approach means this text will be invaluable to undergraduate and postgraduate students of environmental politics, policies and governance in the EU as well as MA programmes with a global focus, including international relations and EU studies.
Tom Delreux is Professor at the Institut de Sciences Politiques, University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium. Sander Happaerts is Assistant Professor at Leuven International and European Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium.
1. Introduction.- 2. The Evolution of EU Environmental Policy.- 3. The Global Context.- 4. Actors and Institutions.- 5. Policy-making.- 6. Lobbying and Interest Representation.- 7. Environmental Policy Instruments.- 8. Traditional Sectors of Environmental Policy.- 9. GMO Policy.- 10. Climate Change Policy.- 11. The EU in International Environmental Politics.- 12. Conclusions.