Typical interest constellations and patterns of interaction

Christoph Knill and Duncan Liefferink

in Environmental Politics in the European Union

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075803
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701461 | DOI:
Typical interest constellations and patterns of interaction

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This chapter analyses the general interest constellations and interaction patterns involved in the formulation of European Union (EU) environmental policy. There are two different forms of regulatory competition between the member states that are of particular significance. The first form pertains to the national reactions to international or European competition for mobile production factors and mobile sources for tax revenue, while the second pertains to the active efforts of the member states at the European level to influence the content and form of environmental policy regulations according to their interests. The chapter suggests that the interplay between national and European influences makes it clear that EU environmental policy is a form of multi-level governance.

Keywords: environmental policy; European Union; regulatory competition; member states; tax revenue; multi-level governance

Chapter.  6741 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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