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Climate Policy in Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Poland

Ideas, Discourses and Institutions Franziska Ehnert, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
By opening a new dialogue between scholars of public policy and those of public administration, Climate Policy in Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Poland offers a timely contribution to climate policy analysis. This innovative book explores how and why policies are changed or continued by employing in-depth studies from a diverse range of EU countries. Analytical and accessible, this explorative book will be of value to scholars and students of climate policy, public policy and public administration, as well as practitioners and policy-makers.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 939 9
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  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
Ministerial administrations are pivotal in the process of defining problems and developing policy solutions due to their technocratic expertise, particularly when this process is applied to climate policy. This innovative book explores how and why policies are changed or continued by employing in-depth studies from a diverse range of EU countries.

Climate Policy in Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Poland works to narrow the research gap surrounding administrative institutions within the field of climate policy change by integrating ideas, discourses and institutions to provide a better understanding of both climate policy and policy change. Differences in approach to democratization and Europeanization between Western and Central Eastern European countries provide rich empirical material for the study of policy formulation. This timely book demonstrates how the substance and formation of policies are shaped by their political and administrative institutional contexts.

Analytical and accessible, this discerning book will be of value to scholars and students of climate policy, public policy and public administration alike. Providing lessons on institutional reform in climate and energy policy, this explorative book will also be of interest to practitioners and policy-makers.
‘This masterful cross-national study opens up the black box of the state and examines how the internal organization, policy styles and coordinative discourses of “ministerial administrations” can have a profound effect on the shape of national climate and energy policy. The study demonstrates the strengths of interpretive empirical enquiry (via discursive neo-institutionalism) while also providing some key public policy and administrative insights on why Denmark has progressed further than Germany, Estonia and Poland in transforming its energy system.’
– Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne, Australia
Contents: Part I The study of policy change 1. Introduction: ministerial administrations and policy change in climate policy 2. Ideas, discourses and institutions: a framework of analysis Part II Climate policy in Western Europe 3. Denmark: consensus-seeking in a small, green state 4. Germany: contested policy entrepreneurship in a large state Part III Climate policy in Central Eastern Europe 5. Estonia: technocratic compliance in a small state in transition 6. Poland: policy entrepreneurship in a large state in transition Part IV Comparison and conclusion 7. Lessons on ideas, discourses and institutions Bibliography Index