Political Modernisation and the Environment

The Renewal of Environmental Policy Arrangements

  • Jan van Tatenhove
  • Bas Arts
  • Pieter Leroy

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jan van Tatenhove, Bas Arts, Pieter Leroy
    Pages 1-15
  3. Jan van Tatenhove, Pieter Leroy
    Pages 17-33
  4. Jan van Tatenhove, Bas Arts, Pieter Leroy
    Pages 35-51
  5. Bas Arts, Jan van Tatenhove, Pieter Leroy
    Pages 53-69
  6. Joan Janssens, Jan van Tatenhove
    Pages 145-174
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-221

About this book


Recent years have witnessed a substantial change in both the organisation and substance of environmental policy, both national and international. Western societies have seen a change in the relationships between the state, the market, and civil society, leading to new conceptions of governance, a process here called political modernisation that gives rise to the institutionalisation of new policy arrangements. An environmental policy arrangement refers to the organisation and substance of a policy domain in terms of policy coalitions, policy discourses, rules of the game, and resources. The book uses these theoretical notions to analyze changes in organisation, substance and governance in several environmental policy domains, such as infrastructure policies, global policies on climate change and biodiversity, green planning, and agriculture policy.
Changing relationships between the state, the market and civil society, caused by processes of globalization, privatisation and individualisation, have resulted in a plurality of policy arrangements in different domains. Despite the fact that environmental politics has been substantially renewed, there is a delicate balance between traditional and new policy arrangements. One of the main themes of the book is the explanation of this balance.


Biodiversity Environmental Politics Institution Nation Transnational environment organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan van Tatenhove
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bas Arts
    • 1
  • Pieter Leroy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Policy SciencesUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5459-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9524-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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