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Still the century of 'new' environmental policy instruments? Exploring patterns of innovation and continuity

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Zito


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We re-examine the political interest in and use of new' environmental policy instruments and other non-regulatory modes of governance. We start by taking stock of the dynamic debate that has emerged around this topic since the turn of the century. We then contextualise that debate by examining subsequent challenges to, and transformations in, state-led governing and the broader and widely acknowledged rise of new governance', highlighting the mismatch between the animated discussion of new instruments amongst policymakers and academics and the less active adoption and performance of them in practice. We make an overall assessment of the role of instruments both old' and new' in the wider debate about governance, and suggest some promising steps that could be taken by both practitioners and scholars better to understand and possibly even utilise more new environmental policy instruments in the future.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jordan A, Wurzel RKW, Zito AR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Politics

Year: 2013

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: 155-173

Print publication date: 01/02/2013

ISSN (print): 0964-4016

ISSN (electronic):

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2013.755839


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