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Environmental Enforcement Networks

Environmental Enforcement Networks

Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Edited by Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas

Compliance and enforcement is a fundamental issue within environmental law. But despite its pertinence, it is an area that has been neglected in academic research. Addressing this gap, this timely book considers the circumstances under which networking can increase the effectiveness of environmental enforcement.

Chapter 3: Connecting cultures: towards sustainable networking: key success factors for environmental cooperation across cultures

Esther Janssen

Subjects: environment, energy policy and regulation, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law


Culture is a set of shared and enduring meaning, values, and beliefs that characterize national, ethnic, or other groups and orient their behavior (Mulholland 1991). Culture is the way in which a group of people solves problems and reconciles dilemmas (Trompenaars 1998). There are several ways to describe culture, but in all definitions it relates to how people think and act and it distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture can also be viewed as the DNA of a certain group of people and as such can’t be changed very easily.

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