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The politics of environmental policy

Bernadette Connaughton

in Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719076206
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076206.003.0007
The politics of environmental policy

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This chapter analyses the impact of domestic pressures and the Europeanisation of environmental policy on the domestic institutional framework in Ireland. It presents case studies to highlight the range of environmental problems Ireland has faced and how public and private actors have responded to these challenges. This chapter argues that Europeanisation has led to adaptational pressures resulting in legal harmonisation and some institutional innovation. It also investigates whether the progressive change that has occurred in environmental policy, and the way in which public and private actors seek solutions to environmental problems, are reflected in new patterns of governance.

Keywords: environmental policy; domestic pressures; Europeanisation; Ireland; environmental problems; legal harmonisation; institutional innovation; patterns of governance

Chapter.  10254 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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