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Environmental Policy in Europe
Industry, Competition and the Policy Process
Environmental Policy in Europe focuses on the creation of environmental policy, how new legislation is formed and the influence brought to bear by industrial interest groups. By addressing the nature of this consultation process between interested parties and public authorities, the authors show why public policy in the European Union is so different in practice from the prescriptions of academic scholarship. European environmental legislation results from a process of consultation and negotiation which is extensively explored in this volume by a distinguished group of authors. Focusing on such issues as pesticide registration, combustion emissions, the European waste management industry, recycling regulations and eco-auditing, they offer unique insights into the development of public policy. While the analysis focuses on the actual behaviour of firms and public authorities, the authors also discuss the involvement of firms within the regulation devising process - to determine whether their behaviour distorts the public interest - and the strategic use by firms of the regulatory process by firms leading to restrictions of competition.
Scholars, students and policymakers will welcome Environmental Policy in Europe for seeking to enlarge the traditional perspective of environmental economics on public policy while integrating the recent advances of both the economics of regulation and industrial economics.
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'... the editor has made a substantial contribution to the area of environmental economics and policy literature. I hope that this volume will find its way onto many academic and professional reading lists and that the results of this outstanding integrative work will put an end to simple generalisation regarding European environmental policies.' -- Anke Zerm, Local Environment 'Environmental Policy in Europe does a useful service by describing in detail the process by which environmental policy takes shape... The strength of the book lies in the rich institutional detail each of the case studies provides.' -- Stefano Pagiola, European Review of Agricultural Economics '... the book's greatest strength is its empirical material, which will be useful both for researchers and postgraduate students... It is a welcome addition to the growing literature on EU environmental policy.' -- Ute Collier, Environmental Politics 'The case studies are detailed and informative and the book's thesis - that environmental policy making bears little relation to the ideal nostra of academic analysts, especially environmental economists - seems borne out in practice... this book performs a useful service in describing the intricacies of environmental policy making, so that it is easier to understand why policies emerged as they did rather than as we might have recommended.' -- Paul Ekins, The Economic Journal