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Joanne Scott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565177.001.0001

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The Evolution of EU Environmental Governance

The Evolution of EU Environmental Governance

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(p.1) 1 The Evolution of EU Environmental Governance
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Environmental Protection
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Ingmar von Homeyer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565177.003.0001

This chapter argues that EU environmental governance today can be analysed as an amalgam of four to five environmental governance regimes which have successively been layered on top of each other over the past thirty-five years. The evolution of EU environmental governance began with the ‘environmental regime’ which was later supplemented by the ‘Internal Market regime’, the ‘integration regime’, the ‘sustainable development regime’, and the emerging ‘climate regime’. These environmental governance regimes can be distinguished in terms of their overall political priorities, legal foundations, decision-making methods, types of justification, underlying political dynamics, environmental objectives, and instruments. Despite certain modifications, key characteristics of each of the regimes are still present in the system of EU environmental governance.

Keywords:   governance, regulation, internal market, integration, sustainable development, EU Treaty, historical institutionalism, evolution, decision-making, politics

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