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Environmental Politics in the European UnionPolicy-making, Implementation and Patterns of Multi-level Governance$
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Christoph Knill and Duncan Liefferink

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075803

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075803.001.0001

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Implementation effectiveness of EU environmental policy

Implementation effectiveness of EU environmental policy

(p.145) 7 Implementation effectiveness of EU environmental policy
Environmental Politics in the European Union

Christoph Knill

Duncan Liefferink

Manchester University Press

This chapter evaluates the effectiveness of the implementation of European Union (EU) environmental policy. It presents the institutional framework in which the implementation of European policies takes place. The chapter discusses some broad trends related to the actual degree of implementation problems and the extent to which these problems are actually politicised. There is evidence that implementation deficits in the environmental field are more pronounced than in other policy fields of the EU, and that the implementation effectiveness across member states does not fully correspond with the observed patterns of ‘leaders’ and ‘laggards’ during the stage of policy formulation.

Keywords:   environmental policies, European Union, implementation effectiveness, institutional framework, member states, policy formulation

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