The Voluntary Approach to Environmental Policy: Joint Environmental Approach to Environmental…

Hardcover | October 1, 2000

EditorArthur P.j. Mol, Volkmar Lauber, Duncan Liefferink

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Voluntary agreements and other approaches based on co-operation between public authorities and (agro) industrial polluters are rapidly gaining importance throughout Europe. This so-called Joint Environmental Policy-making (JEP) is increasingly being presented as a 'third way', alongside directregulation through laws and the use of financial sticks and carrots in the form of eco-taxes and subsidies. Successes and failures are reported from JEP experiences in various European countries. This book seeks to evaluate these experiences. Is JEP really the panacea it is sometimes claimed to be? To what extent does JEP actually fit into different national policy systems and cultures? Is the application of JEP dependant on specific circumstances? In answering these and other questions, thebook focuses on the forces and institutional conditions that are likely to promote the introduction, determine the form, and contribute to the successful functioning of JEP arrangements. Against the background of both deregulation and ecological modernization tendencies in European environmentalpolicy, this book offers detailed analysis of JEP in three European countries (Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands) and in three areas: industrial energy efficiency, food labelling, and package waste. The volume contributes to a better understanding of JEP in Europe and formulates policy recommendations for its successful implementation. But it also contributes to comparative environmental policy studies in providing an innovative approach.

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Voluntary agreements and other approaches based on co-operation between public authorities and (agro) industrial polluters are rapidly gaining importance throughout Europe. This so-called Joint Environmental Policy-making (JEP) is increasingly being presented as a 'third way', alongside directregulation through laws and the use of fina...

Arthur P.J. Mol is at Wageningen University. Volkmar Lauber is at Institut fur Politikwiessenschaft, Rudolfskai, Salzburg.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241163

ISBN - 13:9780199241163

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Table of Contents

Arthur Mol, Duncan Liefferink, and Volkmar Lauber: IntroductionDuncan Liefferink, Mikael Andersen, Martin Enevoldsen: Interpreting Joint Environmental Policy-makingVolmar Lauber: The Political and Institutional SettingMartin Evevoldsen: Industrial Energy EfficiencyVolmar Lauber and Verina Ingram: Packaging WasteKarin Hofer: Labelling of Organic Food ProductsDuncan Liefferink and Arthur Mol: A Comparative Analysis of JEPArthur Mol, Duncan Liefferink, and Volkmar Lauber: Epilogue

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`empirical chapters ... although written by different authors fit together exceedingly well'Political Studies, Vol 49, No 4