joint-decision trap

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 …

Agenda-Dynamics in the European Politics of Land: Explaining the Soil Protection Gap

Soil is a non-renewable and increasingly deteriorating resource, yet it is barely protected by European Union (EU) legislation. This constitutes a puzzling gap within the otherwise encompassing and progressive environmental policy of the EU. To …

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

Environmental policy success in a multi-veto constellation.