The impact of the economic crisis on European Union environmental policy

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The on-going European economic crisis provides a focus for academics wishing to understand the relationship between major exogenous shocks and changes to environmental protection. Yet, measuring change, particularly to policies, is notoriously fraught with difficulties. This research note explores the conceptual and methodological challenges associated with capturing change in response to the economic crisis in Europe, specifically focussing upon the environment. The environment is typically touted as a European Union success story, but there is good reason to suspect that this policy sector may have been – and continues to be – negatively affected by the economic downturn. We suggest a toolkit of measures that can capture changes to this sector, and which may also be employed by researchers of other policy sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Early online date16 Jun 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2016

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  • European Union
  • Economic crisis

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