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Steering through Complexity: EU Environmental Regulation in the International Context


Kellow, AJ and Zito, AR, Steering through Complexity: EU Environmental Regulation in the International Context, Political Studies, 50, (1) pp. 43-60. ISSN 0032-3217 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-9248.00358


The nature of governance in the European Union (EU) and its member states is continuing to evolve as the EU develops. This paper focuses on the challenges to this governance process in the sector of environmental policy, and particularly the role of external organizations and states in providing alternate policy fora. The policy impact of these institutions and organizations leads to more actor participation in a way that EU players may not be able to anticipate or control since the EU is only one of several arenas involved. Both states and non-governmental actors actively seek to shift issues to arenas that provide them advantages. Consequently, developments in other arenas shape and are shaped by EU issues as actors pursue forum shopping. The paper presents two cases, the amendment of the Basel Convention to ban hazardous wastes export and the EU regulation of chemical risk, which demonstrate how external players can shape EU regulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kellow, AJ (Professor Aynsley Kellow)
ID Code:25787
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-31

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