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Dismantling, Disintegration or Continuing Stealthy Integration in European Union Environmental Policy?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Zito



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This symposium assesses the trajectory of European Union (EU) environmental policy and integration more generally in light of the rising pressure for policy dismantling and disintegration given the crises the EU faces. This introductory article discusses the literature and the mixed evidence of EU environmental policy dismantling. Building on the three symposium articles, we investigate the role of the European Commission in this process, evaluating its role as a general “motor of integration” and more specifically an environmental policy entrepreneur. We find that the current political context does push the Commission to reconsider its entrepreneurial role and adopt the role of a “normalised bureaucracy”. Nonetheless, organisational features, such as new organisational hierarchies and presidential leadership, and ideas that frame policy initiatives explain resistance to outright dismantling and continued policy evolution. Scholars also should pay close attention to implementing measures and patterns of enforcement to detect the more subtle policy shifts.

Publication metadata

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public Administration

Year: 2020

Volume: 98

Issue: 2

Pages: 340-348

Print publication date: 01/06/2020

Online publication date: 02/03/2020

Acceptance date: 27/01/2020

Date deposited: 20/02/2020

ISSN (print): 0033-3298

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9299

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/padm.12661


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