Over the past five decades, the European Union (EU) has developed into the most legally and politically authoritative regional organization in the world, wielding significant influence across a wide range of issue areas. European Union and Environmental Governance focuses on the growing global role of EU environmental and sustainable development policies.
Written in a concise and accessible manner, this book introduces and examines the major European and global environmental issues, debates, and policies and provides a critical, evidence-based evaluation of the achievements and shortcomings to date in EU environmental and sustainability governance. Providing both an historical overview and a discussion of the major future legal, political and economic challenges to the realization of EU goals related to better environmental governance, the authors offer a comprehensive introduction to this key issue.
This book will be useful reading for students of global environmental politics, comparative environmental politics and policy, international organizations, European politics, and environmental studies.
Henrik Selin is Associate Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He conducts research and teaches courses on global and regional politics and policy making on environment and sustainable development. Stacy D. VanDeveer is Professor of Political Science and Department Chairat the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include international environmental policymaking and its domestic impacts, connections between environmental and security issues, the role of expertise in policy making, transatlantic relations and global resource politics.
Introduction: The EU and environmental policy 1.Theorizing European integration and environmental sustainability 2. EU history and the environment 3. EU actors and policy instruments 4. Analyzing environmental decision-making and implementation 5. Cases in European environmental governance 6. The EU abroad 7. The future of EU environmental governance