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Environmental Policy Integration and Multi-level Governance

Objective

The integration of environmental issues into other policy areas (EPI) is widely recognised as key for sustainable development (SD). It is also the biggest challenge facing the environmental community, requiring not only a new approach to policymaking but also changes in policies and their implementation. However, the crosscutting nature of EPI does not easily fit with traditional hierarchical governance based on (nation) state authority, sectoral differentiation, and 'command and control' type instruments. It is therefore not surprising that measures to promote EPI frequently also rely on new modes of governance, such as voluntary, procedural, information, learning and market based instruments.

Efforts to achieve and improve EPI are currently being made at local/regional, national, European and global levels of governance, and within the private sector. Measures at different levels may affect each other, thereby improving or weakening EPI and SD. Indeed, the interlinkages between these different modes of governance and layers are emerging as a central challenge in the area of EPI. There is a rapidly growing body of literature analysing and discussing different EPI approaches and measures.

The CA aims to structure these findings and to identify avenues for future research by focussing on two main themes: First, is it possible to identify modes of governance, which are typically used to promote EPI at particular levels, eg. local/regional, national, EU, global? If so, which governance modes are typically used at which levels? And which are most effective or show most promise? Second, how do EPI measures at the different levels affect each other and how could governance be improved to increase synergies and minimise negative interaction effects across the levels? Assembling and discussing findings, which are relevant for these themes should ultimately facilitate progress in improving the implementation of EPI in the EU multi-level governance system.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/political communication
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

ECOLOGIC - INSTITUT FUER INTERNATIONALE UND EUROPAEISCHE UMWELTPOLITIK GGMBH
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
Berlin
Germany

Participants (18)

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
Budapest
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY BUDAPEST FOUNDATION
Hungary
Address
Nador Utca, 9
Budapest
ESTONIAN INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE TALLINN CENTRE
Estonia
Address
Lai 34
Tallinn
FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI
Italy
Address
Corso Magenta 63
Milano
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Kaiserswertherstrasse 16-18
Berlin
FRIDTJOF NANSEN INSTITUTE
Norway
Address
Fridtjof Nansens Vei 17
Lysaker
INSTITUT UNIVERSITARI D'ESTUDIS EUROPEUS
Spain
Address
Edifici E-1 -Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona
Bellaterra
INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
United Kingdom
Address
28 Queen Anne's Gate
London
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
Address
Administration Building, University Hill
Mytilene
STICHTING EUROPEES INSTITUUT VOOR BESTUURDKUNDE
Netherlands
Address
O.l. Vrouweplein 22
Maastricht
STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Lilla Nygatan 1
2142 Stockholm
UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK
Germany
Address
Neuer Graben/schloss
Osnabrueck
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
Address
Problemveien 7
Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
Norwich
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Address
Pleinlaan 2
Brussel
VYSOKA SKOLA EKONOMICKA PRAHA
Czechia
Address
Winston Churchill Sq. 4
Prague 3
WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUER KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GMBH.
Germany
Address
Doeppersberg 19
Wuppertal