Environmental Policy in Europe focuses on the creation of environmental policy, how new legislation is formed and the influence brought to bear by industrial interest groups. By addressing the nature of this consultation process between interested parties and public authorities, the authors show why public policy in the European Union is so different in practice from the prescriptions of academic scholarship.
European environmental legislation results from a process of consultation and negotiation which is extensively explored in this volume by a distinguished group of authors. Focusing on such issues as pesticide registration, combustion emissions, the European waste management industry, recycling regulations and eco-auditing, they offer unique insights into the development of public policy. While the analysis focuses on the actual behaviour of firms and public authorities, the authors also discuss the involvement of firms within the regulation devising process - to determine whether their behaviour distorts the public interest - and the strategic use by firms of the regulatory process by firms leading to restrictions of competition.
Scholars, students and policymakers will welcome Environmental Policy in Europe for seeking to enlarge the traditional perspective of environmental economics on public policy while integrating the recent advances of both the economics of regulation and industrial economics.
Edited by Francois Leveque, Professor of Law and Economics, Ecole des mines de Paris, France
Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction (F. Leveque) 2. The European Fabric of Environmental Regulations (F. Leveque) 3. The Regulatory Game (F. Leveque) 4. From Environment to Competition - the EU Regulatory Process in Pesticide Registration (A. Nadai) 5. The Energy Sector Response to European Combustion Emission Regulations (A. Ikwue, J. Skea) 6. Playing on Two Chessboards - the European Waste Management Industry Strategic Behaviour in the Market and the Policy Debate (S. Brusco, P. Bertossi, A. Cottica) 7. Voluntary Agreements Between Industry and Government - the Case of Recycling Regulations (T. Whiston, M. Glachant) 8. Voluntary Initiatives and Public Intervention - the Regulation of Eco-Auditing (J. Franke and F. Watzold) 9. Conclusion (F. Leveque) Index