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The role of Regions in the Multilevel Governance of Climate Protection in the EU - a Study of Four German Regions

Witte, Lena (2014) The role of Regions in the Multilevel Governance of Climate Protection in the EU - a Study of Four German Regions.

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Abstract:In the scope of its climate and energy package the EU set up binding targets for its member states, including targets for an increase in the share of renewable energies. This Bachelor Thesis analyzes the multilevel governance system of renewable energy in the EU and particularly focuses upon the expectations the EU has on the role of regions and compares these to the actual activities of regions. For this purpose, EU policy documents are studied with regard to actions regions are advised to engage in and the German national action plan is taken into consideration, as well, in order to analyze expectations that are expressed at this level of the multilevel governance system. After this four German regions are analyzed and their actions are summarized and compared to the expectations mentioned in the previous chapters. Finally, the central question is answered by stating that the regions of the study mainly not only meet the expectations but exceed them. This is explained by the fact that regions behave like full actors within the multilevel governance system. They are not only motivated by the EU Directive, but many look back at a long history of climate protection involvement.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64572
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