Klaus Jacob, Axel Volkery and Andrea Lenschow
Andrea Lenschow and Jörg Baudner
This chapter traces the evolution of the environmental dimension – operationalised as programmatic change, policy integration and environmental actor participation – in European Union (EU) Cohesion policy over time. While in the early years Cohesion policy was closely tied to an economic growth agenda without explicit consideration of environmental policy, the green dimension emerged in the late 1980s in order to support (costly) compliance with EU environmental policy in economically lagging regions and states. After a temporary dropping of the agenda in the early 2000s, the environmental dimension was revived in the context of the post-Lisbon strategy. The authors argue that the economic framing of environmental spending, as implied in the term ‘green economy’, and the special emphasis on climate change, created a window of opportunity for some policy and procedural reforms in the direction of environmental or climate policy integration in the latest generation of Cohesion policy. These reforms now have to stand the test of implementation.
Andrew Jordan and Andrea Lenschow
Integrating the Environment for Sustainability
Edited by Andrew J. Jordan and Andrea Lenschow
Environmental Policy Integration (EPI) is an innovative policy principle designed to deliver sustainable development. This book offers an unrivalled exploration of its conceptualization and implementation, drawing upon a set of interlinked case studies of the most common implementing instruments and the varied experience of applying them in six OECD states and the EU. Written by a team of international experts, it identifies and explains broad patterns and dynamics in what is an important area of contemporary environmental policy analysis.