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Advocacy coalitions and policy change in the Wadden Sea

Erfeling, Mareike (2008) Advocacy coalitions and policy change in the Wadden Sea.

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Abstract:The Wadden Sea region – a trilateral cooperation between Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany – has existed for more than two decades. The region is subject to policy changes as the EU places increasing importance on the governance of its oceans and seas. In order to investigate the policy change the Advocacy Coalition Framework of Paul Sabatier is applied. After explaining its contents, the policy system is described into depth in regard to stable and external factors. The policy brokers are identified, as well as the conflicts of the advocacy coalitions in order to offer a deeper understanding of the policy system. The trilateral institutions are key actors but exert up to now a rather indirect influence. Now, the future EU Integrated Maritime Policy will be introduced leading to a shift in the policy regime. Its effects will be predicted by means of a comparison of the vision, involved sectors and principles included in the policy and in the Trilateral Wadden Sea Plan. It seems that because of the close intergovernmental cooperation that exists in the Wadden Sea, future policy changes ought to be implemented effectively. Therefore, the stakeholder approach, one of the most important principles in the EU policy, is already implemented by means of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Forum
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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