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How Europe shapes British public policy$
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Janice Morphet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300465

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300465.001.0001

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Environment and sustainability

Environment and sustainability

(p.140) (p.141) Chapter Seven Environment and sustainability
How Europe shapes British public policy

Janice Morphet

Policy Press

This chapter sets out the EU’s approach to environmental policy and uses it to illustrate the ways in which policy mechanisms operate in practice. Environmental policy has been used as it is an area that has expanded and grown during the UK’s period of EU membership. It reviews the way in which environment policy has been expanded from a peripheral interest to one that is now at the heart of the EU’s programme. It is a policy that has been delivered through a programmed approach and this again is a useful illustration of the EU’s working methods. The chapter continues with an examination of the UK’s reception of this changing EU policy approach. This ranges from an initial complacent view to one that fundamentally challenged the UK’s understanding of the way in which the EU works. It considers how the UK has fared on environmental policy compared with other member states and concludes with a discussion of environmental policy as an exemplar of the implications for the UK of pooling policies.

Keywords:   Environment, EU, UK, Sustainability, Environment Action Programmes

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