Environmental policy integration through the OECD peer reviews: integrating the economy with the environment or the environment with the economy?

Lehtonen, Markku (2007) Environmental policy integration through the OECD peer reviews: integrating the economy with the environment or the environment with the economy? Environmental Politics, 16 (1). pp. 15-35. ISSN 0964-4016

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Abstract

Impacts of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) environmental and economic country reviews are compared in light of their capacity to enhance environmental policy integration (EPI). Employing a policy-making network perspective, genuine EPI is presumed to require complex learning -'paradigmatic change'. Impacts of reviews on four functions of EPI - agenda-setting, horizontal communication, capacity-building, and policy-learning - are analysed. Environmental Performance Reviews have greater potential to enhance EPI than the experiment in which a sustainable development section was included in a full cycle of Economic Surveys during 2001-04. Lack of political commitment and the strength of prevailing OECD discourse - dominated by mainstream economics - explain much of the failure.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: In this paper the author extends his gaze to comparisons with OECD Economic Surveys, also based on peer review methods. These are more influential in terms of impact on environmental policy integration, but deficient in their understanding of the relevant S&T issues because of adhering to mainstream economics modelling.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Markku Lehtonen
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:29
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 22:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31422
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