Rhetoric or Reality? 'New Governance' in EU Environmental Policy

18 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Katharina Holzinger

University of Hamburg

Christoph Knill

University of Konstanz; University of Jena - Institute of Political Science

Ansgar Schäfer



When scrutinizing the literature on EU environmental policy, it becomes apparent that there has been a comprehensive transition in underlying governance ideas during the last two decades. At the core of these changes is the abolition of traditional patterns of interventionist command-and-control regulation in favour of economic instruments and "context-oriented" governance. In view of these developments, this article has two objectives: first, it looks into which causes and factors initiated these discussions; second, it analyzes the effects these reform ideas had on actual patterns of governance. As will be shown, changes in governance ideas are only partially expressed in changes in policy instruments.

Suggested Citation

Holzinger, Katharina and Knill, Christoph and Schäfer, Ansgar, Rhetoric or Reality? 'New Governance' in EU Environmental Policy. European Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 403-420, May 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=895595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0386.2006.00323.x

Katharina Holzinger (Contact Author)

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Christoph Knill

University of Konstanz ( email )

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University of Jena - Institute of Political Science ( email )

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Ansgar Schäfer


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