Policy Integration for Complex Environmental Problems: The Example of Mediterranean Desertification

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-03-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The quest for policy integration crystallized in the 1990s as awareness was growing that the current supply of narrow, sectoral, and little coordinated, or even overlapping and conflicting, policies could not cope efficiently and effectively with contemporary complex, cross-cutting and interdependent socio-environmental problems. Combining and coordinating policies properly promises to address this institutional misfit, add value to policies, support planning at national and sub-national levels, and facilitate the transition to sustainable development more generally. This book proposes a comprehensive conceptualization of policy integration and negotiates pertinent theoretical, methodological and applied issues from the perspective of selected EU policies - rural development, regional development, transport, social, economic, environmental, water resources, and biodiversity policy. Mediterranean desertification, an exceptionally complex socio-environmental problem, is used as an illustrative example as the idea for this book transpired while researching the topic of policy making to combat desertification in the context of MEDACTION, an EU-funded research project.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii
List of Abbreviations ix
List of Contributors xiii
Foreword xv
1 Complex Environmental Problems and the Quest for Policy Integration
Helen Briassoulis
2 Analysis of Policy Integration: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations
Helen Briassoulis
3 Policy Integration in the Framework of EU Regional Policy
Constantinos Liarikos
4 EU Rural Development Policy: The Drive for Policy Integration Within the Second Pillar of CAP
Apostolos G. Papadopoulos
5 European Union Social Policies: The Conundrum of Policy Integration
Theodoros Iosifides and Helen Briassoulis
6 Integration of EU Water and Development Policies: A Plausible Expectation?
Giorgos Kallis, Helen Briassoulis, Constantinos Liarikos and Katerina Petkidi
7 Biodiversity Policies in the European Union: Achieving Synergies with Other Policies?
Vassilis Detsis
8 Sustainable Forest Management in the European Union: The Policy Integration Question
Aristotelis C. Papageorgiou, Georgios Mantakas and Helen Briassoulis
9 Policy Integration: Bringing Space Back In
Helen Briassoulis
10 Policy Integration: Realistic Expectation or Elusive Goal?
Helen Briassoulis
Index 369

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