Greening Society

The Paradigm Shift in Dutch Environmental Politics

  • Peter P. J. Driessen
  • Pieter Glasbergen

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pieter Glasbergen, Peter P. J. Driessen
      Pages 3-25
    3. Henri J. M. Goverde, Nico J. M. Nelissen
      Pages 27-45
    4. Jan P. M. van Tatenhove, Henri J. M. Goverde
      Pages 47-63
  3. Environmental Politics in an Economical Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Walter J. V. Vermeulen
      Pages 67-90
    3. Walter J. V. Vermeulen
      Pages 91-111
  4. Environmental Politics in a Spatial Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Peter P. J. Driessen, Henri J. M. Goverde, Jan P. M. van Tatenhove
      Pages 115-135
    3. Jochem F. M. van der Waals, Pieter Glasbergen
      Pages 137-160
  5. Political Institutional Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Pieter Leroy, Jan P. M. van Tatenhove
      Pages 163-184
    3. Pieter Glasbergen, Henri J. M. Goverde
      Pages 185-204
    4. Bas Arts, Carel Dieperink, Duncan Liefferink
      Pages 205-224
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Pieter Leroy, Nico J. M. Nelissen
      Pages 227-244
    3. Peter P. J. Driessen, Pieter Glasbergen
      Pages 245-262
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-264

About this book


This book can be regarded as a monograph on the debates and developments in Dutch environmental policy. It has been written with a specific perspective in mind. First and foremost, the line of approach we have taken was from a multidisciplinary social science point of view. The trend in environmental policy is looked at from the angle of sociology, policy studies and political science. Secondly, all analyses depart from the paradigm shift concept. This particular paradigm shift is based on the fact that a radical change has taken shape over the years in the way environmental issues are handled. Previously, environmental policy had always been characterised by is top-down approach in which government determined the actual objectives of policy and assumed that it could win over business, non governmental organisations and citizens to act in line with those objectives. There was also a great deal of faith in the technical solutions to environmental issues. Today's environmental policy is based on a totally different philosophy. Environmental objectives are now reached in association with business, non-governmental organisations and citizens. These actors are also involved in bringing environmental policy into practice. In other words, the implementation of policy has a more interactive nature. New relationships emerge between government, the market and civil society, and policy discourses also become integrated. The environmental interest is more often weighed against the econom1c interests, the spatial development and against social justice.


Environmental Politics Government organization policy-making production

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter P. J. Driessen
    • 1
  • Pieter Glasbergen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Studies and PolicyUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6031-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9958-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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