Fitting in with Brussels: implementing the urban waste water treatment directive in England and Wales

Smith, Adrian (2000) Fitting in with Brussels: implementing the urban waste water treatment directive in England and Wales. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 2 (2). pp. 115-134. ISSN 1523908X

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Abstract

This paper analyses implementation of the 1991 Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) in England and Wales. In its Fifth Environmental Action Programme (5th EAP, 1993-2000), the European Commission committed itself to improving the implementation of EU environmental policies. It has been suggested that implementation will be more effective when the fit between Directive imperative and member state administrative tradition is close. Unfortunately, the fit approach sheds little light on the processes by which an accommodation is reached between Directive and member state. The approach to UWWTD implementation taken in England and Wales has recently shifted, changing from a minimalist approach to a more precautionary approach. This change affords a useful opportunity to analyse the processes by which member states and Directive requirements mutually adjust during implementation. In this case, these processes are explained by broadening the analytical sweep to include the machinations of relevant member state policy networks and the influence of outsider policy beliefs that orbit those networks.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Adrian Smith
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:10
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 07:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19501
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