Rowman and Littlefield International

The EU's Green Dynamism

Deadlock and Change in Energy and Environmental Policy

By Henning Deters

Publication Date: Oct 2018

Pages 144

Hardback 9781786606655
£60.00 $120.00
Ebook 9781786606662
£24.95 €37.43 $119.99
Not available for pre-order
The high voting threshold in the Council together with conflicting national preferences should frustrate effective European problem-solving. This famous prediction of the "joint-decision trap" (JDT) is at odds with Europe's dynamic environmental policy. Yet there is scarce research on the limited impact of the JDT in this realm. We know little, therefore, about the conditions of effective environmental policy-change in the EU.

By comparing cases of stability and change, including CO2-limits for passenger cars and the phase-out of inscandescent lamps, the book examines the ways in and out of the JDT in environmental policy. It shows how both the highly politicized summit level and the bureaucratic "comitology" facilitate change by acting as informal bypasses to the Council. The book contributes to a better understanding of the JDT. It speaks to the recent debate about Europe's "new intergovernmentalism" and the reliance on "informal politics," especially in the wake of the Euro crisis.
Introduction / 1. Environmental Policy in a Trap? / 2. Actors and Institutions / 3. Efficent Appliances / 4. Efficent Energy Supply / Conclusion / Bibliography

This book makes a timely and fresh contribution to the study of EU environmental policy. It provides new theoretical and empirical insights on the factors constraining and driving the policy innovation and progress. A highly interesting read for students of EU environmental policy and EU policy-making in general.

Christoph Knill, Professor in Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Hennng Deters is Assistant Professor at the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF), University of Vienna.

Also Recommended