Scalar dynamics and implications of ambient air quality management in the EU

Autor(en): Lenschow, Andrea 
Becker, Sara Theresa
Mehl, Catharina
Stichwörter: Development Studies; EU air quality policy; implementation; MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE; POLICY IMPLEMENTATION; Public Administration; public involvement; Regional & Urban Planning; scale adapted governance; spatial misfit
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Herausgeber: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Journal: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING
Volumen: 19
Ausgabe: 5, SI
Startseite: 520
Seitenende: 533
Zusammenfassung: 
This paper presents a comparative case study across 3 countries and 12 cities of the implementation of the EU Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directive in order to show that the research perspectives of the scaling literature and the political science discussion on functionally differentiated governance can be usefully combined to reflect on opportunities and constraints in improving environmental governance. Using document and interview material from the cases and employing the policy arrangement approach, we explore how implementing the directive impact on environmental governance in a multi-level system. We demonstrate that the scalar dynamics triggered by the AAQ Directive may create unexpected problems of spatial misfit in term of rules and resources, which ultimately impinge on the effectiveness of the policy in question. Similarly, we find that the territorial rescaling down to the local level is not a panacea for facilitating bottom-up public involvement.
ISSN: 1523908X
DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2017.1388739

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