environmental policy

50 Years of European Environmental Policy — Still Escaping from Deadlock?

New Paper in Environmental Policy & Governance

European Environmental Policy at 50. Five Decades of Escaping Decision Traps?

Rather than being constrained by the least ambitious governments, the EU has until recently set the pace of national environmental policy. The contribution examines why the EU was often able to set the pace despite the institutionalist expectation …

New Article on Policy Coherence in EU Energy Efficiency

The latest special issue of Environmental Policy and Governance features a paper that I wrote on policy-coherence in the EU’s energy efficiency policy. I had prepared this paper originally for a workshop in Cambridge on EU energy policy, organized by Luigi Carafa, and presented it on various occasions in the meantime. In the paper, I argue that the multiple venues available to policy-makers ensure greater coherence between policy measures and policy goals (internal coherence) than would otherwise be the case in a system that relies strongly on positional bargaining.

The Book Is Out

Yesterday, I finally received a long-awaited parcel with volumes of my book”The EU’s Green Dynamism: Deadlock and Change in Energy and Environmental Policy”, fresh from the press. The book emerged from my dissertation in which I set out to explore the EU’s capacity for effective problem-solving in environmental protection. The project began while I was doing research in Christian Joerges’ and Josef Falke’s interdisciplinary (law and politics) project on “Social Regulation in Transnational Structures” at the now defunct Collaborative Research Centre 597 on the “Transformations of the State”.

The EU’s Green Dynamism: Deadlock and Change in Energy and Environmental Policy

Combining the joint-decision trap model with the major theories of European integration, The EU’s Green Dynamism examines how the EU can be an environmental pace-maker, when it virtually depends on the agreement of all member states. The book …