New Instruments for Environmental Policy in the EU provides a comprehensive analysis of the debate over new forms of environmental regulation in the European Union. Experts from the fields of law, political science and economics provide a detailed examination of new environmental instruments in six Member States - UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Italy - as well as those adopted at the EU level. The contributors explore the conceptual implications of shifting from a traditional regulatory strategy to one which incorporates new instruments and reveal how key actors including governments, industry groups and environmental NGOs view the desirability and feasibility of such a shift. The conclusions draw attention to critical aspects of instrument design, as well as the difficulty of accommodating national policy diversity without contravening EU and international trade rules. Drawing on critical research and practical experience, this book presents a number of recommendations for improving the next generation of environmental policies and explores comparisons between the search for new environmental instruments in the EU and similar regulatory transitions worldwide.
Joanathan Golub University of Reading, UK Stephen Tindale Institute for Public Policy Research, UK Chris Hewett Institute for Public Policy Research, UK Wolfram Cremer U