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Andrea Lenschow

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter 21: Environmental Policy in the European Union: Bridging Policy, Politics and Polity Dimensions

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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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