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Sustainable Development and Governance in Europe

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This book analyses the evolution of the sustainability discourse in the European Union, exploring the conditions necessary for sustainable development to move from a conceptual model into a model for action for strategic decision makers at all levels of governance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. List of illustrations
  8. Contributors
  9. Editors’ preface
  10. Acknowledgements
  11. List of abbreviations
  12. Introduction: establishing the research questions and methodological framework
    1. Research themes and questions
    2. Discourse theory as a methodological framework
    3. Structure of the book
      1. Part I Reflections on complex and contested concepts
        1. 1 Linking the discourse on sustainability and governance
        2. 2 Governance for sustainability in the European Union: a post-political project
        3. 3 The impact of de-growth (la décroissance) on the discourse of sustainability
        4. 4 Sustainable development: a floating signifier in the EU’s energy policy discourse?
      2. Part II The sustainability discourse at European level
        1. 5 A Common Market and sustainable energy for Europe
        2. 6 European energy policy and its ‘green dimension’: discursive hegemony and policy variations in the greening of energy policy
        3. 7 The changing fortunes of nuclear energy in the discourse on sustainability
        4. 8 The role of EURATOM in a European sustainable energy strategy
        5. 9 EU sustainable mobility – between economic and environmental discourses
        6. 10 The European Union’s emissions trading scheme – a post-political tool for strengthening integration and wide-reaching sustainability?
      3. Part III The sustainability discourse at national and sub-national level
        1. 11 The sustainable development discourse in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe
        2. 12 The UK’s devolved authorities and the European sustainability discourse: between identity and actor hierarchy
        3. 13 The evolution of carbon capitalism in the English regions: sustainable mitigation, carbon modernization, and selective carbon economies
        4. 14 Achieving sustainability through deliberation – reflections from Hampshire’s municipal waste-management strategy
        5. Conclusions: not one discourse but many?
    4. Bibliography
  13. Part I: Reflections on complex and contested concepts
    1. 1. Linking the discourse on sustainability and governance
      1. Sustainability and sustainable development
      2. Unpacking the contested concepts of sustainable development and governance in Europe
      3. Definition of governance
      4. Bibliography
    2. 2. Governance for sustainability in the European Union – a post-political project
      1. Introduction
      2. Governing for sustainability in Europe
      3. The tensions and contradictions
      4. New governance, but old politics?
      5. Conclusions
      6. Bibliography
    3. 3. The impact of de-growth (la décroissance) on the discourse of sustainability
      1. Introduction
      2. Theoretical foundations of de-growth
      3. Implications of the discourse of de-growth
      4. Limits and impact of de-growth
        1. A simplistic view of de-growth regimes
        2. A naive view of systemic transitions
        3. Misinterpretation of the law of entropy
      5. Impact upon the discourse of sustainable development
      6. Conclusion
      7. Bibliography
    4. 4. Sustainable development: a floating signifier in the EU’s energy policy discourse?
      1. Introduction
      2. Post-structuralist discourse analysis
      3. The sustainable development signifier
      4. Sustainable development and the EU energy policy discourse
      5. Sustainable development and the new Energy policy for Europe
        1. 1.1 Sustainability
      6. Conclusions
      7. Note
      8. Bibliography
  14. Part II: The sustainability discourse at European level
    1. 5. A Common Market and sustainable energy for Europe
      1. Introduction
      2. A short history of the European energy policy
      3. The Common Market for energy
      4. The nexus between sustainability and market integration
      5. Conclusion
      6. Bibliography
    2. 6. The European energy policy and its ‘green dimension’ – discursive hegemony and policy variations in the greening of energy policy
      1. Introduction
      2. The ‘green’ dimension of the European energy policy and its policy paradigms
      3. Environmental policy integration (EPI) and the hegemony of sustainable development
        1. Embedding sustainability to energy
        2. The institutionalization of sustainability in energy
      4. Climate change hegemony
        1. Climate change discourse structuring energy policy
        2. The institutionalization of climate change in energy policy
      5. Outlining the discursive footprint of the European energy policy’s green dimension
      6. Conclusions
      7. Bibliography
    3. 7. The changing fortunes of nuclear energy in the sustainability discourse
      1. Introduction
      2. 1950s – the foundations of the discourse
      3. 1960s and 1970s – nuclear safety becomes a nodal point in the discourse
      4. Post 2000 – competing discourses or one unified discourse?
      5. Conclusions – why does the change in the discourse matter?
      6. Bibliography
    4. 8. The role of Euratom in a sustainable energy future
      1. Introduction
      2. National interests drive the Euratom Treaty
      3. Euratom as support for nuclear fission
      4. Euratom for fusion – research
      5. Similarities between renewables and nuclear power
      6. Nuclear power as a green energy resource
      7. Conclusion – lessons and potential for the future
      8. National interests driving nuclear power
      9. Re-establishing a supranational priority
      10. Euratom for nuclear safety and decommissioning
      11. Euratom for new technology funding
      12. Bibliography
    5. 9. EU sustainable mobility – between economic and environmental discourses
      1. Introduction
      2. Discourse analysis and EU sustainable mobility
      3. EU sustainable mobility discourse 1992–2011
        1. The origin of EU sustainable mobility policy
        2. The 1990s: combatting transport generated pollution
        3. 2001–2006: decoupling transport growth from economic growth
        4. 2006–2011: efficiency and co-modality
      4. Conclusion: efficiency and economy as dominant ideas
      5. Notes
      6. Bibliography
    6. 10. The European Union’s emissions trading scheme – a post-political tool for strengthening integration and wide-reaching sustainability?
      1. Introduction
      2. Consensus on the necessity for urgent and large-scale action to tackle climate change
      3. The proactive position of the EU
      4. Towards a post-political climate governance in the EU
      5. ETS as a post-political tool for weak sustainable development?
      6. Conclusion
      7. Bibliography
  15. Part III: The sustainability discourse at national and sub-national level
    1. 11. The sustainable development discourse in post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe: the case of Romania
      1. Introduction
      2. The evolution of the discourse on sustainable development
      3. Sustainable development and the limits to good governance
      4. Conclusion
      5. Bibliography
    2. 12. The UK’s devolved authorities and the European sustainability discourse: between identity and actor hierarchy
      1. Introduction
      2. Devolution and the European sustainability discourse
      3. Capacity-building in the devolveds and the territorial diversification of the UK’s EU environmental policy networks
      4. The devolveds as autonomous policy actors
      5. Antagonism versus deference in devolved approaches to European sustainability policy
      6. UK devolution and implications for sustainability
      7. Notes
      8. Bibliography
    3. 13. The evolution of carbon capitalism in the English regions: sustainable mitigation, carbon modernization, and selective carbon economies
      1. Introduction
      2. Substituting and subsuming sustainability
      3. Sustainable development in the English regions
      4. Sustainable mitigation: morality and holism
      5. Carbon modernization: efficiency and instrumentalism
      6. Selective low carbon economies
      7. Conclusions
      8. Note
      9. Bibliography
    4. 14. Governance, sustainability and deliberation: reflections from a UK case study of sustainable waste management
      1. Introduction
      2. What is good governance?
      3. Deliberation, learning and behaviour change
      4. Case background: deliberation in sustainable waste management
      5. A relational framework for learning style
        1. Introducing the framework and the actors style
        2. A definition of learning style
        3. Partnership
        4. Engagement
      6. The effects of new modes of governance on learning
      7. Final reflections
      8. Notes
      9. Bibliography
    5. Conclusion – not one discourse, but many?
      1. The sustainability story line – the ‘original sin’
      2. Theoretical reflections
        1. Research questions
        2. Methodological framework
      3. The sustainable development story line – ‘competing visions’ of sustainable development
      4. Discourse on sustainability at the national and sub-national levels
      5. Narrowing in the discourse
      6. Bibliography
  16. Index