Cross-national policy convergence in the environmental field: the EU and its mediterranean partnership countries

Bertelmann, Julia (2010) Cross-national policy convergence in the environmental field: the EU and its mediterranean partnership countries.

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Abstract:Previous research has discovered that the European Union has been able to influence the environmental policies of its own member states and some types of third countries through crossnational policy convergence. Especially the Envipolcon project has put considerable focus on the study of this topic and the causal mechanisms behind it. However, the question that does stay unanswered is whether and if yes, how the EU can have an impact on environmental policies of neighbouring countries that have not applied for and do not show concrete interest in membership. This study adds to earlier research by concentrating on the question whether previous findings still hold true for a different case: the Mediterranean partnership countries Tunisia, Morocco, Syria and Jordan. As such the goal of this study is to analyse whether the found results of earlier research are the same for this country group, whether the same transfer mechanisms are the causes, and what other factors might influence environmental policy convergence. Therefore, this study concentrates on the main question how we can explain cross-national policy convergence in the environmental field between the EU and its Mediterranean partnership countries. From a theoretical perspective this study concentrates on the explanatory power of international harmonization, transnational communication and regulatory competition and adds domestic factors as control variables. By doing a comparative case study it is shown why these three independent variables might not explain the high degree of environmental policy convergence between the EU and its Mediterranean partnership countries on five different environmental policy items best
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60323
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