Environment & Policy

Institutional Dynamics in Environmental Governance

Editors: Arts, Bas, Leroy, Pieter (Eds.)

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Environmental policy in its broadest context has been significantly revitalized and renewed during the last two decades. That observation is nothing new, attested to by the number of publications, conferences and both private and public projects that have been initiated. However, our understanding of the dynamics of this renewal has generally been informed by studies on single policies and projects, leaving us with a limited understanding of what the ‘newness’ consists of in terms of an integrated perspective.

This book presents fresh analyses of a number of well-known cases, but does so from one comprehensive view, the so-called policy arrangement approach. Cases discussed range over organic farming, integrated water management, nature policy, cultural heritage policy, integrated region-oriented policy, corporate environmental management and target group policy, always in search of the commonality of experience and conclusions to be drawn in understanding the past and in formulating future perspectives.

A major conclusion can be summarised as ‘lots of dynamics, not much change’. The observed dynamics mainly result from discursive innovations and from the entrance of new actors and stakeholders. Stability of new undertakings is provided by established power relations and other pre-existing institutional structures. In this interplay of dynamics and stability, ‘deep’ policy change has rarely been found. Government still remains more important than governance. At the same time, though, societal developments such as Europeanisation, globalisation and individualisation, are tending to both reveal the need for, and induce steps toward, more fundamental changes. Traces of such movement are indeed observable, if less dramatic than expected.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Institutional Dynamics in Environmental Governance

    Professor Pieter Leroy, Professor Bas Arts

    Pages 1-19

  • Political Modernisation

    Professor Bas Arts, Professor Jan van Tatenhove

    Pages 21-43

  • The Dynamics of Policy Arrangements: Turning Round the Tetrahedron

    Senior Researcher Duncan Liefferink

    Pages 45-68

  • The Governance Capacity of (new) Policy Arrangements: A Reflexive Approach

    Professor Bas Arts, Professor Henri Goverde

    Pages 69-92

  • Diffusion or Diversity in Cultural Heritage Preservation? Comparing Policy Arrangements in Norway, Arizona and the Netherlands

    Researcher Sara de Boer

    Pages 161-181

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Institutional Dynamics in Environmental Governance
Editors
  • Bas Arts
  • Pieter Leroy
Series Title
Environment & Policy
Series Volume
47
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5079-4
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5079-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5078-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7277-1
Series ISSN
1383-5130
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 294
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