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evaluates the practice of voluntary agreements in European countries, focusing on Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands, showing that both the design and the success of voluntary agreements strongly depend on specific circumstances, notably the national policy culture or style, the structure of the economic sectors involved, and the influence of the EU.
Introduction; Interpreting Joint Environmental Policy-making; The Political and Institutional Setting; Industrial Energy Efficiency; Packaging Waste; Labelling of Organic Food Products; A Comparative Analysis of JEP; Epilogue
This book makes a significant theoretical and practical contribution in the field of voluntary environmental policy by explaining why/how JEP [joint environmental policy-making] emerges and by discussing useful policy lessons. It also opens new opportunities for research Journal of Environmental Planning and Management The book is accessibly written, responds to a gap in the literature on policy instruments and offers rich theoretical and empirical detail that will be of interest to a wide readership Environmental Politics The collection definitely fills a gap in the literature in policy instruments, in both theoretical and empirical terms Environmental Politics The strength of this collection is that the practical application of JEP (joint environmental policy-making) is analysed in three different nation-states and across three policy areas using a common analytical framework Environmental Politics The editors of this book powerfully confirm that a very tightly-edited book can capture the subtle comparative politics of a particular issue as well as a single authored monograph Political Studies