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"Balancing interests in the EU and the U.S.: A comparison of environmental policymaking institutions and water policy outputs"

Hoornbeek, John A. (2001) "Balancing interests in the EU and the U.S.: A comparison of environmental policymaking institutions and water policy outputs". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    In multi-level political systems such as the European Union and the United States, governing institutions balance the influence of territorially and functionally based interests in the policymaking process. This paper argues that-in comparative terms-EU intuitional structures for environmental decision-making provide relatively strong opportunities for influence by territorially based interests, while environmental policymaking institutions in the U.S. tend to allow for the exercise of relatively greater levels of influence by functionally based interests. It further argues that these institutional differences have implications for water policy outputs in the two political jurisdictions. Specifically, it suggests that the EU's more geographically oriented institutional structures enable a relatively high level of horizontal integration across policy sectors during the formulation stage of the policy process. In the U.S., by contrast, relatively high levels of institutional receptiveness to functionally oriented interests have contributed to more vertically integrated structures for drinking water and surface water policy implementation.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2006
    Page Range: p. 44
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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