Mainstreaming the environment through appraisal: integrative governance or logics of disintegration?

Russel, Duncan, Turnpenny, John and Jordan, Andrew ORCID: (2018) Mainstreaming the environment through appraisal: integrative governance or logics of disintegration? Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 36 (8). pp. 1355-1370. ISSN 2399-6544

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In both national and international circles, environmental policy makers are repeatedly faced with the challenges posed by scientific, institutional and administrative fragmentation and complexity. Within this context, appraisal – of policies, programmes and projects – has been repeatedly advocated as a key integration tool that can help policy makers navigate such fragmentation and complexity by better integrating environmental concerns into decision making. In this paper, we examine the challenges that are posed for integrative governance, defined as the theories and practices that focus on the relationships between policy instruments and/or governance systems, from the perspective of efforts to integrate environmental considerations into all sectors of decision making via appraisal. Drawing on institutional theory, we explore the cross-sectoral and multi-level institutional challenges surrounding the integration of environmental considerations across different levels of appraisal. We do so by examining appraisal in the European Commission, and at the national, regional and local level in the UK. We argue that conflicts between different ‘logics of integration’ – or disintegration – routinely hamper the integration of environmental concerns between governance levels and across governance sectors. These logics include differences between appraisal systems; between appraising in theory and in practice; between different sectors and between the fragmented professional logics of different policy actors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: institutionalism,integrative governance,policy appraisal,policy integration,environmental policy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 18:34
DOI: 10.1177/2399654418767656

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