A Comparative Analysis of New Environmental Policy Instruments
Chapter 3: Changing institutional contexts for the use of policy instruments
In Chapter 2 we critically examined the policy instruments literature and its most important typologies. At the core of the contemporary instruments debate is the question of how the wider institutional context, in a particular jurisdiction, shapes (and is shaped by) policy instruments. In order to explore this question, Chapter 3 examines the institutional characteristics of four national jurisdictions (namely Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and UK) and the EU. As mentioned in Chapter 2, Hall’s (1993) analysis provides an important bridging role between instruments and institutions because his analysis of policy change captures both policy learning and the important characteristics of state-society relations. In addition to Hall’s (1993) policy change framework, we draw on Richardson’s (1982) policy style concept to better explain the interactions between policy styles and policy instruments in five different jurisdictions. The policy styles concept identifies and explains the interaction between the national government’s approach to problem solving and the relationship between the government and core societal actors (Richard- son, Gustafsson and Jordan, 1982; Richardson and Watts, 1985). Table 3.1 presents the combined elements of this comparative jurisdictional approach. It formulates them as propositions according to the different hypotheses put forward by government and governance hypothesis theories (discussed in Chapters 1 and 2). Accordingly, the third column lays out the scenario that would be expected if the institutional and instrumental elements reflect more traditional notions of command-and-control governmental steering. The fourth column proposes the kind of interactions that would exist in a more ideal-type governance scenario.
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