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Environmental Leaders and Laggards in Europe: Why there is (Not) a Southern Problem

By: Tanja A Börzel


Hardback | Mar 2003 | #138059 | ISBN: 0754616878
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Focusing in particular on Germany and Spain, this informative and illuminating volume explains why member states have repeatedly failed to comply with European Environmental Law and challenges the assumption that non-compliance is merely a southern problem.


Is There a "Southern Problem"?: Non-compliance in the European Union - pathology or statistical artefact exploring the "Southern Problem". Why There is (Not) a "Southern Problem": The diagnosis is the "Mediterranean Syndrome"; Beyond the "Mediterranean Syndrome"; Pressure from below and from above - the pull-and-push model. Reformulating the "Southern Problem": high policy misfit and low domestic mobilization. Implementing EU Environmental Policies in Germany and Spain: Selecting cases - high policy misfit and differing degrees of domestic mobilization; Measuring effective implementation and compliance; Environmental policy-making in Germany and Spain; Drinking water - Spanish fit and German misfit?; Air pollution control - Spanish misfit and German fit; Environmental impact assessment - misfit in Spain and Germany; Access to information - misfit in Spain and Germany; Eco-audit management - misfit in Spain and Germany. Conclusions: Challenging the "Southern Problem"; Explaining compliance with law beyond the nation state - pressure from below and above; Making European law work - increasing pull and push; Facing the challenge of enlargement - towards flexibility.

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