Environmental policy has become an increasingly important area of European Union (EU) policy-making and the source of political conflict between Britain and Germany. This book explains why national conflicts have arisen and how they are resolved at EU level by focusing on the Europeanisation of air and water pollution control in particular. Wurzel argues that Anglo-German divergences are best explained in terms of ecological vulnerability, economic cost and capacity, political salience and environmental regulatory styles. Focusing on two very important and media-exploitable issues - car emissions and bathing water regulation - this book challenges the conventional wisdom that Britain has shown a clear preference for environmental quality objectives while Germany championed uniform emission limits. Acceptance of the concept of ecological modernisation plays a vital role in the adoption of more progressive environmental standards. -- .
|Publication date:||30th April 2006|
|Author:||Rudiger K. W. Wurzel, Martin Hargreaves|
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Categories:||Geopolitics, Pollution & threats to the environment,|
Rudiger K.W. Wurzel is Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies and Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull where he is Director of the Centre of European Union Studies -- .More About Rudiger K. W. Wurzel, Martin Hargreaves