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Integrating ‘Sustainable Development’ in the European Government of Industry: Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture Compared

Caitríona A Carter

in From Single Market to Economic Union

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695706
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695706.003.0015
Integrating ‘Sustainable Development’ in the European Government of Industry: Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture Compared

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Since the 1990s, EU actors have embarked upon a project of sustainable development. Understanding sectoral integration to be the core political process through which sustainable development is given meaning, the chapter argues that a focus on industry is central for any critical assessment of EU sustainable development policy to be made. The chapter presents research findings on the transformation of European sea fisheries and aquaculture to show actors' political usages of social constructions of sustainable development to bring about change. Contrary to scholarship which considers EU sustainable development to be merely symbolic, the findings presented here show it instead to be the primary struggle within public and private regulation. However, the power of this concept was seen more as a resource for private actors to bring about change within their industry as part of their competitive strategies, than as a new regulatory device for Commission officials to ‘govern’ European industry.

Keywords: EU; sustainable development; sectoral integration; sea fisheries; aquaculture; public regulation; private market standards; feed and food chain; regional advisory councils; stakeholders

Chapter.  10512 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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