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Is the trajectory of European Union environmental policy less certain?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Zito



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2019.

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This contribution lays out the core themes and research questions of this volume, centred on the nature of environmental policy change in the European Union (EU). It presents an original heuristic framework to capture different dimensions, mechanisms and processes of policy change. In order to contextualise the current situation, where EU policy scope has reached maturity and faces an uncertain future trajectory, this contribution divides EU environmental politics into particular eras, looking closely at the nature of change in each period. This volume interrogates the extent to which change has occurred, the conditions or context within which it did/did not take place and the implications arising from stasis or change. The volume contributions are also introduced and placed into the context of the broader trajectory of EU environmental policy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zito AR, Burns C, Lenschow A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Politics

Year: 2019

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Pages: 187-207

Online publication date: 17/01/2019

Acceptance date: 15/11/2018

Date deposited: 22/11/2018

ISSN (print): 0964-4016

ISSN (electronic): 1743-8934

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1549779


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