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European environmental policy by stealth: The dysfunctionality of functionalism?

Weale, A; (1999) European environmental policy by stealth: The dysfunctionality of functionalism? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy , 17 (1) 37 - 51.

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Abstract

There are four paradoxes to be explained in respect of European Union (EU) environmental policy: how it is that a liberal policy regime makes relatively little use of economic instruments; how it is that the formally independent Commission is heavily dependent upon member states in the development of its policy proposals; how it is that a 'weak' European Parliament has had greater influence on environmental standard setting than have most national parliaments; and how it is that a supranational political authority regulates subnational environmental public goods so extensively. The author argues that these four features of EU environmental policy are related to one another as the effects of a common cause: the historical importance of the Monnet method of European integration. How far this method should be transcended is also discussed.

Type:Article
Title:European environmental policy by stealth: The dysfunctionality of functionalism?
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Political Science

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