Understanding the paradoxes of multi-level governing: Climate change policy in the European Union

Jordan, Andrew, van Asselt, Harro, Berkhout, Frans, Huitema, Dave and Rayner, Tim (2012) Understanding the paradoxes of multi-level governing: Climate change policy in the European Union. Global Environmental Politics, 12 (2). pp. 43-66. ISSN 1536-0091

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

The European Union (EU) has sought to lead the world in the adoption of ambitious climate change mitigation targets and policies. In an attempt to characterize and broadly explain the resulting pattern of EU climate governance, scholars have employed the term “multi-level reinforcement.” This term does help to account for the paradoxical situation whereby the EU seeks to lead by example but is itself a relatively leaderless system of governance. Drawing on a much fuller empirical account of the evolution of EU climate governance, this article finds that the term captures some but not all aspects of the EU’s approach. It identifies four other paradoxical features of the EU’s approach and assesses the extent to which they exhibit “multi-level reinforcement.” It concludes by looking forward and examining the extent to which all five features are expected to enable and/or constrain the EU’s ability to maintain a leading position.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Andy Jordan
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2012 21:11
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:22
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/38470
DOI: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00108

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item