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Governing in nested institutions: environmental policy in the European Union and the case of packaging waste

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Gehring, Thomas

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Abstract "The environmental policy of the European Community is nested within a broader institution devoted predominantly to market integration. It also co-exists with the domestic environmental policies of the member states. This institutional arrangement has important consequences for environmental governance in the present Union. Not only does the wide scope for domestic environmental action generate different logics of harmonization for the regulation of products and processes, it also creates an institutional preference for European product standards because this type of regulation allows a trade-off between environmental and single market concerns. This effect is demonstrated by the development of the originally purely environmentally motivated and processrelated directive on packaging and packaging waste adopted in 1994. During its preparation, this legislative project was supplemented with a strong product-related component that made a trade-off between policies possible and facilitated majority support in the Council." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; environment; environmental policy; integration; European integration; market; trade policy; domestic market; governance; sales policy; economy; economic policy
Classification European Politics; Special areas of Departmental Policy; Economic Policy; Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords European environmental policy; institutional framework; internal market policy; packaging waste; process standards; product standards
Document language English
Publication Year 1997
Page/Pages p. 337-354
Journal Journal of European Public Policy, 4 (1997) 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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