Change and Continuity in Poland’s Environmental Policy

  • Magnus Andersson

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 3-19
    3. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 21-38
  3. National Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 41-59
    3. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 61-89
    4. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 91-127
  4. Sectoral Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 131-151
    3. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 153-174
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Magnus Andersson
      Pages 177-192
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-225

About this book


This book takes a long-term view of environmental policy in Poland, which thus serves as an example to increase our understanding of environmental policy making in general in the former Eastern bloc countries. The perspective adopted also includes the pre-transition period, since the transformation process cannot be understood without reference to the preceding period. The book investigates the driving forces underlying policy changes, both prior to and after the transition, and identifies elements both of change and continuity - topics that have hitherto been neglected in the literature.
A change of political system in Poland did not lead to a major change in the thrust of environmental policy: the policy makers adopted a cautious approach to new instruments and institutions during the transition period. What did change with the transition was the implementation aspect: the effectiveness of environmental policy increased dramatically after the abolition of socialism. The rule of law meant that the state administration and the polluters were subordinated to the legal system, thus increasing the power to environmental policy.
Readership: Researchers and students interested in the environment and the countries in transition.


Europe Institution Policy Transformation air pollution environment environmental policy environmental protection socialism

Authors and affiliations

  • Magnus Andersson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Environmental StudiesVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Swedish-Polish Association for Environmental ProtectionSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5926-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4517-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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