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Theunis van der Lugt

State sovereignty or ecological sovereignty?

A study of the regulation of acid rain within the European Union

Cornelis Theunis van der Lugt

2000, 376 S., Gebunden,
ISBN 978-3-7890-6540-8

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This in-depth study places the topical "ecology sovereignty debate” in the context of European integration. The author begins by illustrating how the "sovereign” states of Europe share common water systems and air movements that follow natural patterns.

A case study on acid rain regulation in the EU weighs the role of state sovereignty in determining outcomes in the EU policy cycle. The case study focuses on the behaviour of four member states during the negotiation of the 1988 Large Combustion Plant Directive.

The author explains the impact of the eco-geographical setting, industrial interests, expert advice and political culture. A decade later, these factors remain decisive as the EU re-evaluates its acidification strategy and pursues policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The study suggests a redefined conception of sovereignty to facilitate the optimal allocation of public authority and division of responsibilities throughout the world. The author has done extensive research on global environmental politics. Moreover, as multilateral diplomat he has gained valuable experience in environmental diplomacy.

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe Schriften des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung (ZEI), Band 19.

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