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Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation?

Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation?

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 4/29/2010
EAN 9780521196123, ISBN10: 0521196124

Hardcover, 306 pages, 25.4 x 17.8 x 2 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

The European Union (EU) has emerged as a leading governing body in the international struggle to govern climate change. The transformation that has occurred in its policies and institutions has profoundly affected climate change politics at the international level and within its 27 Member States. But how has this been achieved when the EU comprises so many levels of governance, when political leadership in Europe is so dispersed and the policy choices are especially difficult? Drawing on a variety of detailed case studies spanning the interlinked challenges of mitigation and adaptation, this volume offers an unrivalled account of how different actors wrestled with the complex governance dilemmas associated with climate policy making. Opening up the EU's inner workings to non-specialists, it provides a perspective on the way that the EU governs, as well as exploring its ability to maintain a leading position in international climate change politics.

Foreword
Preface
List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Part I. Introduction and Overview
1. Climate change policy in the European Union
an introduction Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema and Harro van Asselt
Part II. The Evolving Governance Context
The European Union
2. Governing the European Union
policy choices and governance dilemmas Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Tim Rayner and Harro van Asselt
3. The evolution of climate policy in the European Union
an historical overview Andrew Jordan and Tim Rayner
Part III. Climate Policy in the European Union
Understanding the Past
4. Burden sharing
distributing burdens or sharing efforts? Constanze Haug and Andrew Jordan
5. Renewable energies
a continuing balancing act? Roger Hildingsson, Johannes Stripple and Andrew Jordan
6. Emissions trading
the enthusiastic adoption of an 'alien' instrument? Harro van Asselt
7. Adapting to a changing climate
an emerging European Union policy? Tim Rayner and Andrew Jordan
8. Adaptation in the water sector
will mainstreaming be sufficient? Eric Massey, Dave Huitema, Andrew Jordan and Tim Rayner
9. The evolution of climate change policy in the European Union
a synthesis Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt and Tim Rayner
Part IV. Climate Policy in the European Union
Future Challenges
10. Exploring the future
the role of scenarios and policy exercises Frans Berkhout, Constanze Haug, Roger Hildingsson, Johannes Stripple and Andrew Jordan
11. Governance choices and dilemmas in a warmer Europe
what does the future hold for the European Union? Johannes Stripple, Tim Rayner, Roger Hildingsson, Andrew Jordan and Constanze Haug
Part V. Climate Policy in the European Union
Retrospect and Prospect
12. Governing climate change in the European Union
understanding the past and preparing for the future Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, Tim Rayner and Frans Berkhout
Index.