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Green Giants? : Environmental Policies of the United States and the European Union - Norman J. Vig

Green Giants?

Environmental Policies of the United States and the European Union

By: Norman J. Vig (Editor), Michael Gebert Faure (Editor), Michael E. Kraft (Editor), Sheldon Kamieniecki (Editor)

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The United States in recent years has been abandoning its historical role as a leader in environmental regulation. At the same time, the European Union, spurred by political integration, has enacted many new environmental laws and assumed a leadership role in promoting global environmental sustainability. "Green Giants?," one of the most detailed comparisons of the environmental policies of America and Europe yet undertaken, looks at current policy trends in the United States and the European Union--the two largest economic actors in the world--and the implications they have for future transatlantic and global cooperation. The contributors--leading European and American scholars and practitioners--examine similarities and differences in specific policy areas in order to assess whether United States and European Union policies are diverging, pursuing similar goals and methods, or undergoing a "hybridization" through joint learning and exchanges. They find that although European and American policies may parallel each other somewhat in domestic regulation, they are clearly diverging in the "third generation" of environmental concerns, which include such global problems as climate change, international trade, and sustainable development. In the final chapter the editors conclude that transatlantic dialogue and cooperation at the highest level are necessary if these two economic and political giants are to lead the international community toward a stable and secure ecological future.

"An innovative and important comparison of environmental policymaking that sheds much light on the policy differences of the U.S. and the E.U. and on how policymakers can more fruitfully learn from the experiences of others in designing more effective environmental policies. The book provides a very interesting look at how policies converge in some areas, diverge in others, and why those differences and similarities occur."--Gary C. Bryner, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University "This book raises the intriguing question of whether the world's two richest economies--the United States and the European Union--are following increasingly divergent paths on environmental policy, and points to the need for a new transatlantic partnership in this vital area. Everyone concerned about America's faltering environmental leadership should read this book." The Honorable Timothy E. Wirth, President, The United Nations Foundation "We cannot make progress on global environmental issues if we fail to understand the differences in approach between the United States and Europe. This volume not only sheds light on how we converge and diverge, but also offers us a little hope--that if we share information, analysis, and experience, a hybrid approach that draws on the best each side has to offer may emerge and provide a way forward." Eileen Claussen, President, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change "At a time of severe strains in the transatlantic partnership, Vig and Faure's *Green Giants?* poses a vitally important question: Are US and European approaches to environmental politics converging or diverging? The book's case studies are careful and methodical, covering a range of issue-areas from climate change to the regulation of genetically modified organisms, and the editors assess the prospects for either transatlantic conflict or joint leadership across these various issues."--Mark A. Pollack, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin -- Madison "We cannot make progress on global environmental issues if we fail to understand the differences in approach between the United States and Europe. This volume not only sheds light on how we converge and diverge, but also offers us a little hope -- that if we share information, analysis, and experience, a hybrid approach that draws on the best each side has to offer may emerge and provide a way forward."--Eileen Claussen, President, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change "This book raises the intriguing question of whether the world's two richest economies -- the United States and the European Union -- are following increasingly divergent paths on environmental policy, and points to the need for a new transatlantic partnership in this vital area. Everyone concerned about America's faltering environmental leadership should read this book."--Timothy E. Wirth, President, The United Nations Foundation

Series Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Comparing Policy Trends: Divergence or Convergence?
The Precautionary Principle, Risk Assessment, and the Comparative Role of Science in the European Community and the US Legal Systemsp. 17
The Roots of Divergence: A European Perspectivep. 53
Convergence, Divergence, and Complexity in US and European Risk Regulationp. 73
Regulatory Trends: Institutional and Policy Innovations
Environmental Federalism in the United States and the European Unionp. 113
Implementation of Environmental Policy and Law in the United States and the European Unionp. 135
Convergence or Divergence in the Use of "Negotiated Environmental Agreements" in European and US Environmental Policy: An Overviewp. 159
What Future for Environmental Liability? The Use of Liability Systems for Environmental Regulation in the Courtrooms of the United States and the European Unionp. 183
Policy Divergence on Global Issues
The Climate Change Divide: The European Union, the United States, and the Future of the Kyoto Protocolp. 207
Trade and the Environment in the Global Economy: Contrasting European and American Perspectivesp. 231
International Development Assistance and Burden Sharingp. 253
Sustainable Development: Comparative Understandings and Responsesp. 277
Transnational Networks and Dialogue
Emerging Transnational Policy Networks: The European Environmental Advisory Councilsp. 305
The Transatlantic Environmental Dialoguep. 329
Conclusions
Conclusion: The Necessary Dialoguep. 347
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 377
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780262720441
ISBN-10: 0262720442
Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 19th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54