Paul Scholten Centre Colloquium with Tobias Arnoldussen (PPLE).
Room Venue: Roeterseiland Room A2.04Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
A persistent explanation for the rapid development of European environmental regulation is that member states act as leaders who push for the development of certain policies. Manifold explanations are given to account for why member states covet a position as leader in certain specific fields of environmental policy. Authors usually tend to provide macro level economic or institutional explanations. In this paper, I provide an additional explanation on a more contingent level; the emergence of specifically national environmental scares and issues. A close look at the construction of the EU air quality policy reveals that key actors in the policy making process were driven by environmental issues or problems with existing EU policy that were only relevant on a national level. However, in order to solve these problems member states push for policy on the level of the EU in order to secure a regulatory level playing field. This dynamic results in the amplification of national problems to Europe-wide issues, because member states are forced to deal with legislation foisted upon them to solve problems that they do not consider especially pressing. Moreover, a process of bricolage starts to take place in which different member states act as champion even on the same type of policy field, creating hybrid policies made by cobbling together elements favoured by different campions. These kinds of policy are different to implement for member states and create an uncertain and patchy policy environment.
Research colloquium, organised by the Paul Scholten Centre. This colloquium is open to all, no registration required. A copy of the paper can be obtained via firstname.lastname@example.org.