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“Innovative and Responsive? A Longitudinal Analysis of the Speed of EU Environmental Policy Making, 1967-1997”

Jordan, Andrew and Brouwer, Ray and Noble, Emma. (1999) “Innovative and Responsive? A Longitudinal Analysis of the Speed of EU Environmental Policy Making, 1967-1997”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    In institutional terms, the European Union (EU) is considerably ‘thicker’ than it was thirty years ago, with many new layers of decision-making procedure and myriad new actors, including almost twice as many Member States. Conventional wisdom suggests that policy systems in which policy development depends upon securing agreement among a concurrent majority of actors, are generally slow and collectively sub-optimal. However, a longitudinal analysis of the time taken to adopt environmental proposals in the period 1967-1997 reveals that the policy process has become slightly faster not slower. This is despite an enormous growth in the scope and ambitiousness of the environmental acquis and a significant increase in the number of actors involved. The obvious conclusion is that actors have become steadily more effective at achieving consensus. These empirical findings are analysed against a number of predictions derived from macro- and middle-range theories of the EU.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 43
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2305

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