European Policy and the Politics of Environmental Governance

Hedley-Penna, Susan and O'Brien, Martin (1997) European Policy and the Politics of Environmental Governance. Policy and Politics, 25 (2). pp. 185-200. ISSN 0305-5736

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Abstract

In this paper we focus on identifying some of the important sociological dimensions of the process of environmental governance through a review of European regulatory frameworks and instruments, specifically in regard to the European Union's Fifth Action Programme on the Environment (5EAP). We show that such policies and the institutions and social networks that promote them are locked into wider social dynamics in the political regulation of European economic and social integration and development. We argue that the 5EAP is a 'redrafting of Rio' in the context of these processes of regulation and integration rather than a systematic rearrangement of society-economy-environment relationships. These processes can be described through the three political dynamics of veto, deflection and differentiation. Focusing on the level of political dynamics provides methodological resources that can contribute to the programme of research developed by the Regulation Approach (RA) (Jessop, 1994a et passim), in particular by accounting for the conflicts and struggles between organised socio-economic actors rather than their (quasi-functionalist) cohesive structural relations that serve a dominant 'strategic line' of accumulation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Policy and Politics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 53601
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Apr 2012 15:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 06:40
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53601

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