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Understanding Policy Coherence: Analytical Framework and Examples of Sector–Environment Policy Interactions in the EU
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute.
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute.
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2012 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, Vol. 22, no 6, 395-423 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a framework for analysing policy coherence in a European Union setting through the perspective of policy interaction. Building on a simple policy-analytical approach and theories of institutional interaction, the framework develops a three-step analytical pproach, consisting of the inventory of policy objectives, the screening matrix and a more in-depth analysis of key interactions. Central to the analytical framework is the identification of synergy and conflict at three levels: policy objectives, policy instruments and implementation practices, also taking into account as far as possible outcome and impacts. The paper presents illustrative examples from EU renewable energy and cohesion policies in relation to different environmental policy areas such as biodiversity, habitats, resource efficiency and water. It finds that policies are often coherent at the level of objectives, but that associated instruments and in particular implementation practices cause concern for policy conflict in all three examples. Finally, the paper identifies emerging challenges in the application of policy coherence analysis and a need for further development of the analytical approach.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 6, 395-423 p.
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Europe, coherence, waste policy, cohesion policy, energy policy, integration
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Applied Environmental Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83243DOI: 10.1002/eet.1589OAI: diva2:574771
Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-12-06 Last updated: 2013-01-21Bibliographically approved

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