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Environmental Policy Integration in Practice: Shaping by Roger E. Kasperson, Susan Owens, Måns Nilsson, Katarina

By Roger E. Kasperson, Susan Owens, Måns Nilsson, Katarina Eckerberg

Environmental values and matters are supposed to be mirrored via environmental coverage, that's then built-in into mainstream financial and social coverage that serves to manipulate society and the economic system in numerous sectors. but powerful environmental coverage integration has proved to be very tricky in perform and it is still mostly an elusive aspiration. This groundbreaking quantity provides the 1st ever specific exam of EPI on the nationwide coverage point, concentrating on the most important sectors of power and agriculture inside of Sweden, a rustic that's well known as a entrance runner in environmental administration. The authors deconstruct EPI, examine what it capability in coverage formation and consider how environmental priorities are handled in terms of different political priorities. the ultimate component to the booklet lays out the foremost findings and offers key classes for foreign software, together with institutional tips on tips to increase the potential of EPI. so much essentially, the booklet solutions the questions of what works for EPI, why it really works, and the way it may be completed in perform throughout sectors. the result's a wealthy and integral consultant for all these occupied with environmental and sustainable improvement coverage concerns.

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In the context of this book, Chapter 4 presents such a study. SEPA (2000) has also noted how the characteristics of sectors are significant for the implementation of EPI. Examples include the ‘proximity’ of the sector activities to environmental events and processes, the existing competence and legal basis for intervening in sector activities, and the technological potential for genuine ‘win–win’ solutions (see Hertin and Berkhout, 2001). Hey (2002) also proposes that sectoral regulatory capacity is a key factor for EPI.

Disagreements may not emerge until the implementation stage, where explicit decisions and trade-offs need to be made, with visible cost redistribution and change of actor responsibilities. This may reflect the inherent need for simplification and generalization at the level of strategic decision making, but possibly also an intentional delegation of more uncomfortable decisions down the government hierarchy. In the context of EU transport policy, Hey (2002) found that EPI is relatively strong at the agenda setting stage, which is supranational and strategic in nature and where environmental coalitions are influential.

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