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New PDF release: British Environmental Policy and Europe: Politics and Policy

By Philip Lowe, Stephen Ward

ISBN-10: 0203982894

ISBN-13: 9780203982891

ISBN-10: 0415155002

ISBN-13: 9780415155007

This ebook explores the effectiveness of the reaction of environmental teams and agencies in Britain in to the demanding situations of eu integration. analyzing the relative eu orientation of British environmental coverage, and the influence of British matters on eu environmental coverage, the ebook examines problems with environmental international relations, institutional dynamics, and coverage debates when it comes to particular matters corresponding to: * pollution
* land use
* transport
* ordinary conservation
offering a wealth of examples all through, the e-book attracts jointly contributions from prime teachers and practitioners from associations and enterprises resembling the DOE, eu fee, WWF and CPRE.

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The major tasks of this part are threefold: to establish the determining factors shaping British diplomacy; to explain how and why British-EU environmental relations have changed over time; and to examine the provenance of Britain’s poor environmental reputation (outlined in Chapter 1) and how British governments have tried to counter it. In dealing with these tasks, the three chapters in Part II assess Britain’s position from different vantage points. The first two chapters by Robin Sharp and Nick Hanley analyse Britain’s response to integration from either end of the European telescope, Sharp from a Whitehall perspective and Hanley from that of the European Commission.

In such an atmosphere there were two likely outcomes and both had their place. Where Ministers’ views were sought the instructions to negotiators tended to be restrictive. In other cases there was a judgement that they would not want to be bothered with matters that seemed at the time to be RESPONDING TO EUROPEANISATION 33 predominantly technical. A third factor was also at work: a sincerely held belief that member states had considerable freedom in implementing directives into their own legislative and administrative structure.

While such a general reference might have seemed reasonable to the DoE, who accepted that there was a case for modest co-financing as long as the Spanish accepted the primary responsibility for looking after their own habitats, it was anathema to the Treasury as the guardians of UK financial orthodoxy in European Union business. They much disliked any breach of the ‘polluter pays’ principle, which in this context they took to mean that each member state should shoulder the domestic effect of agreed legislation.

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