The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics

Legitimacy in European Nature Conservation Policy

Case Studies in Multilevel Governance

Editors: Keulartz, Jozef, Leistra, Gilbert (Eds.)

  • Integrates knowledge on a major piece of European policy (nature conservation policy) in a reflexive and comprehensive manner
  • Combines theories of governance with theories of legitimacy
  • Brings together empirical case studies and critical commentaries
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This volume focuses on the issue of legitimacy in the context of European nature conservation policy. It provides insights in the way in which democratic legitimacy is being ‘produced’ at different levels of governance. Building forth upon recent developments in democracy theory that have identified multiple forms of legitimacy, the volume observes a EU-wide shift from output legitimacy to input and throughput legitimacy. Top down policy making is increasingly meeting

local resistance. As a result, the importance for policy makers of enhancing the democratic legitimacy of their policy plans has increased. The popularity of deliberative decision-making procedures can be seen as a procedural answer to this state of affairs.

For this volume scholars from within the EU were invited to reflect upon the question whether similar developments are taking place in the context with which they are most familiar. Do they perceive a delegitimation of top down policy making and hence an increasing emphasis on procedural legitimacy in processes of nature conservation policy implementation? Which model of democratic decision-making is most helpful to solve the issue of legitimacy in the field of nature conservation policy? How important are national traditions and institutions? What are the tradeoffs between the different types of legitimacy?

Nine case studies are presented: two case studies on protected species (geese in the Netherlands, and the great cormorant in Denmark, France and Italy), four case studies that zoom in on specific protected areas (in Spain, Finland, Poland and the UK), and three case studies with a focus on the implementation of Natura 2000 at the country level (Belgium, France and Germany). These case studies are followed by extensive comments.

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From the reviews:

“Numerous expert contributors–25 in total–examine issues of governance and legitimacy via exploring various European case studies. … the text to be straightforward, the discussions of policy issues to be informative, and the examinations of legitimacy production to be revealing. … accessible to novices of EU nature conservation policy as well as to experts in the field. … With its breadth of information, depth of discussion, and clarity of presentation, this text is accessible to both novices and experts of EU nature conservation policy.”­­­ (Sarah Beach, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 24, 2011)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • European Nature Conservation Policy Making

    Engelen, Ewald (et al.)

    Pages 3-21

  • Wintering Geese in the Netherlands

    Leistra, Gilbert (et al.)

    Pages 25-45

  • Vindicating Arrogant Ecologists

    Dubbink, Wim

    Pages 47-53

  • Legitimacy of Species Management

    Rauschmayer, Felix (et al.)

    Pages 55-74

  • Animal Governance: The Cormorant Case

    Zwart, Hub

    Pages 75-79

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legitimacy in European Nature Conservation Policy
Book Subtitle
Case Studies in Multilevel Governance
Editors
  • Jozef Keulartz
  • Gilbert Leistra
Series Title
The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6510-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6510-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6509-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7655-7
Series ISSN
1570-3010
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 284
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