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This book can be regarded as a monograph on the debates and developments in Dutch environmental policy. It has been written with a specific perspective in mind. First and foremost, the line of approach we have taken was from a multidisciplinary social science point of view. The trend in environmental policy is looked at from the angle of sociology, policy studies and political science. Secondly, all analyses depart from the paradigm shift concept. This particular paradigm shift is based on the fact that a radical change has taken shape over the years in the way environmental issues are handled. Previously, environmental policy had always been characterised by is top-down approach in which government determined the actual objectives of policy and assumed that it could win over business, non governmental organisations and citizens to act in line with those objectives. There was also a great deal of faith in the technical solutions to environmental issues. Today's environmental policy is based on a totally different philosophy. Environmental objectives are now reached in association with business, non-governmental organisations and citizens. These actors are also involved in bringing environmental policy into practice. In other words, the implementation of policy has a more interactive nature. New relationships emerge between government, the market and civil society, and policy discourses also become integrated. The environmental interest is more often weighed against the econom1c interests, the spatial development and against social justice.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Environmental Politics - Government - organization - policy-making - production
Preface. About the authors.
Part 1: Introduction. 1.
The Paradigm Shift in Environmental Politics - Towards a New Image of the Manageable Society; P. Glasbergen, P.P.J. Driessen. 2. Networks as a New Concept for Governance; H.J.M. Goverde, N.J.M. Nelissen. 3. Strategies in Environmental Policy - A Historical Institutional Perspective; J.P.M. van Tatenhove, H.J.M. Goverde.
Part 2: Environmental Politics in an Economical Context.
4. Greening Production as Co-responsibility; W.J.V. Vermeulen. 5. The Stubborn Consumer; W.J.V. Vermeulen.
Part 3: Environmental Politics in a Spatial Context.
6. The Renewal of Rural Areas; P.P.J. Driessen, et al. 7. Policy Innovations in the Urban Context; J.F.M. van der Waals, P. Glasbergen.
Part 4: Political Institutional Aspects.
8. Environmental and Participation - The Shifting Significance of a Double Concept; P. Leroy, J.P.M. van Tatenhove. 9. Greening Political Institutions; P. Glasbergen, H.J.M. Goverde. 10. The Netherlands: International Innovator or Self-interested Negotiator? B. Arts, et al.
Part 5: Conclusions.
11. The Paradigm Shift in Environmental Policy Research; P. Leroy, N.J.M. Nelissen. 12. New Directions in Environmental Politics - Concluding Remarks; P.P.J. Driessen, P. Glasbergen.