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Competition, Cooperation and Communication: A Theoretical Analysis of Different Sources of Environmental Policy Convergence and Their Interaction. IHS Political Science Series: 2005, No. 102

Holzinger, Katharina and Knill, Christoph. (2005) Competition, Cooperation and Communication: A Theoretical Analysis of Different Sources of Environmental Policy Convergence and Their Interaction. IHS Political Science Series: 2005, No. 102. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Comparative studies on cross-national policy transfer and diffusion emphasize an impressing degree of policy convergence in many areas. This holds true, in particular, for the environmental field. However, we are still confronted with limited knowledge about the mechanisms accounting for this phenomenon. Against this backdrop, we theoretically investigate the impact of three different convergence mechanisms that are generally seen as central sources of cross-national policy convergence: regulatory competition, international cooperation and transnational communication. We focus not only on the isolated effects of each mechanism, but also on the effects of their interaction. As will be shown, the empirically rather likely interaction of different mechanisms constitutes a plausible explanation for the still puzzling gap between the theoretical prediction of a race to the bottom through regulatory competition and the lacking empirical support for this hypothesis.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy Convergence; Policy Transfer; Regulatory Competition; International Harmonization.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    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)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Political Science > IHS Political Science Series
    Depositing User: Elisabet Torggler
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2005
    Page Range: p. 50
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3007

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