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The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union

Wurzel, Rüdiger K.W.; Liefferink, Duncan; Di Lullo, Maurizio

Authors

Professor Rudi Wurzel R.K.Wurzel@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies.

Duncan Liefferink

Maurizio Di Lullo

Abstract

The leadership dynamics between the European Council, the Council and the Member States in European Union (EU) environmental policy since the 1970s are analysed. The puzzle is that, although the EU was set up as a ‘leaderless Europe’, it is widely seen as an environmental leader, albeit sometimes as a one-eyed leader amongst the blind. While differentiating between leadership types, it is argued that the European Council has the largest structural, the Council the most significant entrepreneurial, and the Member States the most important cognitive and exemplary leadership capacities. Most day-to-day environmental policy measures are negotiated by the Environment Council (in collaboration with the European Parliament). The European Council’s increased interest in high politics climate change issues is largely due to the EU’s global leadership ambitions. Member States have traditionally formed environmental leadership alliances on an ad hoc basis although this may be changing.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 23, 2019
Journal Environmental Politics
Print ISSN 0964-4016
Electronic ISSN 1743-8934
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Pages 248-270
Institution Citation Wurzel, R. K., Liefferink, D., & Di Lullo, M. (2019). The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union. Environmental Politics, 28(2), 248-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1549783
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1549783
Keywords Environmental Science (miscellaneous); Sociology and Political Science
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2019.1549783
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....ope&journalCode=fenp20; Published: 2019-01-17