Patterns of Environmental Governance in the European Union
In the previous chapter, the development of European policy institutions was examined, and the proliferation and associated institutional complexity that now constitutes the European system of environmental governance was noted. This chapter focuses on the functioning of that system of governance in terms of the decisions that are taken and the forms of behavior that are characteristic, given those institutions. The main concern is the processes that are characteristic of primary rule-making in the environmental field. It is in looking at the operation of institutions of the European system of environmental governance that it can be seen that system has transcended the constraints of the nation state. Overall, the complexity of the European policy process makes life difficult for those attempting to unpack the sources and influences on environmental policy.
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