Analysing Institutional Strategies for Environmental Policy Integration: The Case of EU Enterprise Policy

Hertin, Julia and Berkhout, Frans (2003) Analysing Institutional Strategies for Environmental Policy Integration: The Case of EU Enterprise Policy. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 5 (1). pp. 39-56. ISSN 1523-908X

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Abstract

The aspiration to integrate environmental concerns into all areas of policy has long served as a rhetorical reference point in the environmental debate. But only recently has the objective of environmental policy integration (EPI) been tackled through serious institutional reforms. Although this has led to a rise of academic interest in the issue, much conceptual work on EPI remains to be done. This paper draws on the policy studies literature on ecological modernization to develop a framework for the analysis and evaluation of institutional strategies for EPI, arguing that they can be fruitfully evaluated on the basis of four specific functions of EPI: agenda setting, horizontal communication, capacity building and policy learning. The application of the framework to the Cardiff process in EU enterprise policy shows that its impact has varied in relation to different functions of integration.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The article argues for integration of environmental policies and their embeddedness - the proposition is then tested for the EU's enterprise policies and found seriously wanting. Contributions of authors equally shared. Dr Hertin was a Research Fellow of SPRU at the time of writing. Prof Berkhout was the leader of the environment group.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:11
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 14:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30026
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