Environmental Policy-Making in Britain, Germany and the European Union The Europeanisation of Air and Water Pollution Control

by Rudiger K. W. Wurzel, Martin Hargreaves

Part of the Issues in Environmental Politics Series

Environmental Policy-Making in Britain, Germany and the European Union The Europeanisation of Air and Water Pollution Control Synopsis

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. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719073342
Publication date: 30th April 2006
Author: Rudiger K. W. Wurzel, Martin Hargreaves
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Geopolitics, Pollution & threats to the environment,

About Rudiger K. W. Wurzel, Martin Hargreaves

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 -- .

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