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Still the century of  new environmental policy instruments? Exploring patterns of innovation and continuity

Jordan, Andrew; Wurzel, Rudiger K. W.; Zito, Anthony R.

Authors

Andrew Jordan

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

Anthony R. Zito

Abstract

This article re-examines the political interest in and use of ‘new' environmental policy instruments (NEPIs) and other non-regulatory modes of governance. It starts by taking stock of the dynamic debate that has emerged around this topic since the turn of the century. It then contextualizes that debate by examining subsequent challenges to, and transformations in state-led governing and the widely acknowledged rise of 'new governance' more generally. It highlights the mismatch between: (a) the animated discussion of new instruments amongst policy makers and academics; and (b), the less active adoption and performance of them in practice. It makes an overall assessment of the role of instruments - both ‘old' and ‘new' - in the wider debate about governance, and suggests some steps that could be taken by both practitioners and scholars better to understand and possibly even utilise more NEPIs in the future.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2013
Print ISSN 0964-4016
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 155 - 173
Institution Citation Jordan, A., Zito, A., & Wurzel, R. (2013). Still the century of  new environmental policy instruments? Exploring patterns of innovation and continuity. Environmental Politics, 22(1), 155 - 173. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2013.755839
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2013.755839
Keywords Policy instruments; Environmental policy; New instruments; Governance; Policy innovation
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2013.755839