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The Ecological State - Towards a new generation of environmental policies and institutions

Objective

To formulate strategies for a new generation of environmental policies and institutions able to secure the transition towards sustainable development; to develop an interdisciplinary European network able to foster policy relevant research on environmental governance.

OBJECTIVES :

To formulate strategies for a new generation of environmental policies and institutions able to secure the transition towards sustainable development; to develop an interdisciplinary European network able to foster policy relevant research on environmental governance.

DESCRIPTION :

The concerted action proceeds through the establishment of working groups, the organization of a series of sectoral workshops and the preparation of review essays about the debate on the "Ecological State". The initial network will be enlarged to include other research institutions and to establish contacts both with scholars working on the future of the State and with practitioners at the political and administrative level involved in the formulation and implementation of environmental policies.
Three main topics are examined by the working groups and at the workshops : institutions (ministries, departments, agencies, etc.), substantial policy instruments (regulation, taxation, financial incentive, education, etc.), procedural rules (Environmental Impact Assessment, mediation, dispute settlements, etc.). The working groups are responsible for analyzing the existing debate and the ongoing research carried out by the participant organisations as well as by other groups and individuals with regard to three different levels: the level of constitutional choice, the level of decision making (e.g. law-making) and the level of administrative and technical implementation.

Additional activities include the preparation of a bibliography of the most important research about future environmental governance from the various disciplines involved, the creation of a permanent network, possibly through a BBS on Internet/WWW, linking together the institutions (scientific institutions, public policy bodies, non governmental organizations, etc.) interested in this topic, and the organization of an international conference. These activities should facilitate the development of blue prints for more effective environmental governance.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

ISTITUTO PER LA RICERCA SOCIALE SCARL
Address
Via Xx Settembre 24
Milano
Italy

Participants (9)

AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus Bellaterra, Edifici B
08193 Bellaterra
ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Priesley House 28-34 Albert Street
B4 7UD Birmingham
FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND DEVELOPMENT
United Kingdom
Address
Russell Square 52-53
WC1B 4HP London
GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Sprangkullsgatan 19
40530 Goeteborg
INSTITUT DE HAUTES ETUDES EN ADMINISTRATION PUBLIQUE
Switzerland
Address
21,Route De La Maladiere 21
1022 Lausanne
ROSKILDE UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address

4000 Roskilde
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7500 AE Enschede
Université de Tours (Université François Rabelais)
France
Address
3 Rue Des Tanneurs
37041 Tours
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung GmbH
Germany
Address
50,Reichpietschufer
10785 Berlin