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Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation?

Edited By: Andrew Jordan

312 pages, 3 b/w illus. 4 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2011 | #189478 | ISBN-13: 9780521208901
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Hardback | Apr 2010 | #184347 | ISBN-13: 9780521196123
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The European Union (EU) has emerged as a leading governing body in the international struggle to govern climate change. The transformation that has occurred in its policies and institutions has profoundly affected climate change politics at the international level and within its 27 Member States. But how has this been achieved when the EU comprises so many levels of governance, when political leadership in Europe is so dispersed and the policy choices are especially difficult?

Drawing on a variety of detailed case studies spanning the interlinked challenges of mitigation and adaptation, this volume offers an unrivalled account of how different actors wrestled with the complex governance dilemmas associated with climate policy making. Opening up the EU's inner workings to non-specialists, it provides an unparalleled perspective on the unique way that the EU governs, as well as exploring its ability to maintain a leading position in international climate change politics.

Advance of the hardback: 'Surveying the role of the European Union in relation to climate change policy is no easy task ... How successful or otherwise the EU might be in this endeavour has a resonance across the world. This book provides an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to assess the possibilities and the pitfalls.' Lord Anthony Giddens, London School of Economics and Political Science, from the Foreword Review of the hardback: 'The book will be of great interest not only to those interested in the future of the climate regime but also to those concerned with the future of the European Union more generally.' Oran R. Young, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara Review of the hardback: 'This book is a must read for students and practitioners wishing to understand EU climate policy.' Miranda Schreurs, Director, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universitat Berlin Review of the hardback: 'This timely and thought-provoking volume identifies cogently the policy challenges facing Europeans as regards climate change. As the authors carefully demonstrate, both well-focused policies and effectively implemented measures are needed if the European Union and its member states are together to make a difference.' Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science Review of the hardback: '[A] unique overview and analysis [of] the complexity of EU climate change policy ... succeeds in delivering a vast amount of information, explanation and ideas to reflect upon in future research and policy making ... recommended to students of EU climate change law and politics, academics and policy makers alike.' European Energy and Environmental Law Review Review of the hardback: '[A] timely, conceptually rich and policy relevant contribution to the understanding of EU climate politics. [T]his book makes a major contribution to understanding climate politics in the EU and beyond, and is an essential read for politicians and academics involved in climate policy ...' Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 'This timely book systematically explores the dilemmas that policy makers face in the context of climate change ... [T]he reiterated application of the same analytical framework throughout all chapters allows the reader slowly to grasp the complexity of the topic and understand the role of the governing bodies therein.' Climate Law '[M]akes a central contribution in deepening ... understanding of and potential for European climate policy by providing an excellent and comprehensive account of which policy choices have been made by the EU.' Environment and Planning C '[A]dmirably cogent, providing a great deal of political, institutional, and historical detail that has not previously been offered in any single, widely available source ... a useful volume. It will be a particularly valuable read for scholars and practitioners ... who need a one-stop presentation of the institutional, political, and historical complexities of these policies in the EU.' EUSA Review '[A] careful assessment of how the EU makes policy related to climate change ... Written for specialists, it covers a broad landscape and is well informed.' Perspectives of Politics 'In order to achieve their goal, the authors of Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation? have looked backwards in time in order to be able to project forwards. That is, they have studied the ways in which policymakers have grappled with the dilemmas of the past in order to provide insights and advice on the future evolution of EU climate-change policy ... it is this future oriented aspect that constitutes the most interesting and useful aspect of the book.' Javier de Cendra de Larragan, University College London


Foreword; Preface; List of contributors; List of abbreviations; Part I. Introduction and Overview: 1. Climate change policy in the European Union: an introduction Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema and Harro van Asselt; Part II. The Evolving Governance Context: The European Union: 2. Governing the European Union: policy choices and governance dilemmas Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Tim Rayner and Harro van Asselt; 3. The evolution of climate policy in the European Union: an historical overview Andrew Jordan and Tim Rayner; Part III. Climate Policy in the European Union: Understanding the Past: 4. Burden sharing: distributing burdens or sharing efforts? Constanze Haug and Andrew Jordan; 5. Renewable energies: a continuing balancing act? Roger Hildingsson, Johannes Stripple and Andrew Jordan; 6. Emissions trading: the enthusiastic adoption of an 'alien' instrument? Harro van Asselt; 7. Adapting to a changing climate: an emerging European Union policy? Tim Rayner and Andrew Jordan; 8. Adaptation in the water sector: will mainstreaming be sufficient? Eric Massey, Dave Huitema, Andrew Jordan and Tim Rayner; 9. The evolution of climate change policy in the European Union: a synthesis Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt and Tim Rayner; Part IV. Climate Policy in the European Union: Future Challenges: 10. Exploring the future: the role of scenarios and policy exercises Frans Berkhout, Constanze Haug, Roger Hildingsson, Johannes Stripple and Andrew Jordan; 11. Governance choices and dilemmas in a warmer Europe: what does the future hold for the European Union? Johannes Stripple, Tim Rayner, Roger Hildingsson, Andrew Jordan and Constanze Haug; Part V. Climate Policy in the European Union: Retrospect and Prospect: 12. Governing climate change in the European Union: understanding the past and preparing for the future Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, Tim Rayner and Frans Berkhout; Index.

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Andrew Jordan is Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He is interested in the governance of environmental problems in different political contexts, but especially the European Union. He is a managing editor of the journal Environment and Planning C and has published numerous books, including Environmental Policy in the EU, 2nd edition (Earthscan, 2005), The Coordination of the EU (with A. Schout, Oxford University Press, 2006), and Governing Sustainability (with N. Adger, Cambridge University Press, 2009). Dave Huitema is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He specializes in public administration and public policy and has 15 years of experience in analyzing environmental policy. His current focus is on adaptive governance and the institutional prescriptions that this entails. His most recent book focuses on policy entrepreneurs and their role in accomplishing transitions in water management (Edward Elgar, 2009). Harro van Asselt is a researcher in the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and research fellow with the Global Governance Project. He has published extensively on issues related to global climate governance, focusing on the interplay between climate and trade issues, and the Kyoto Protocol's flexibility mechanisms. He is managing editor of the journal International Environmental Agreements, and associate editor of the Carbon and Climate Law Review. Tim Rayner is a senior researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research based at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He is a political scientist by training and has a long-standing interest in environmental policy, particularly its formulation and evaluation. Prior to joining the Tyndall Centre, he lectured in environmental policy at the London School of Economics and held research posts at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. Frans Berkhout is Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He has extensive research and management experience across a number of fields. His early research was concerned with the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management. His more recent work has been concerned with technology, policy and sustainability, with a special emphasis on the links between technological innovation and environmental performance.

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