Environmental Regulation in a Federal System
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Environmental Regulation in a Federal System

Framing Environmental Policy in the European Union

  • New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

Tim Jeppesen

In this important book Tim Jeppesen investigates environmental regulation in a federal system and addresses the underlying question of whether regulation should be decided centrally, by EU institutions, or de-centrally, by individual member states. Whilst simple economic reasoning presumes that transboundary externalities require central solutions and local externalities need local solutions, the author finds that the real answer is much more complicated.
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Preface

Tim Jeppesen

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Preface This book originates from my PhD dissertation completed at Odense University in 1998. It was hard work to finish the thesis and it has been hard work to rewrite it in a more readable form. Both of these processes involved several people to whom I would like to say how much I have appreciated their input, their support and their help. First of all there are a number of co-authors with whom I wrote parts of the dissertation and thus, also, parts of this book. Without the work of Henk Folmer (Universities of Tilburg and Wageningen), Rien Komen (Wageningen University) and Per Andersen (University of Southern Denmark) there would have been no dissertation and, hence, no book. In the autumn of 1995 I had the great opportunity to stay at The Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Beijer is a centre of environmental economics, and if you cannot find the information you want, you will always be guided to the relevant people. Karl-Göran Mäler is a great resource, and his numerous comments and questions, which I could not always answer, have improved part of this book considerably. Ing-Marie Gren, Christina Leijonhufvud, Astrid Auralsson, Carl Folke and Tore Söderqvist were most obliging and helped me to feel at home immediately. Sweden has been good to me. It was at the sixth EAERE conference in Umeå, 1995, that I met Henk Folmer. Over a couple of beers one night, we found out...

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