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The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

Environmental Policy in the European Union: Bridging Policy, Politics and Polity Dimensions
Environmental policy in the European Union: Bridging policy, politics and polity dimensions
Introduction

Environmental policy has received tremendous attention among European Union scholars. Considering the relatively late appearance of the policy in the list of competencies of the EU and its comparatively marginal status in the economy-dominated policy repertoire, this is notable. Numerous environmental crises and accidents exciting citizens and scholars alike since the 1970s and the emergence of an environmental social movement in several European countries may be part of the explanation. Yet, even after green politics in Europe quieted and environmental policy gained a ‘normal’ status in the acquis communautaire, this attention never subsided. I will argue in this chapter that the study ...

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