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Change and Continuity in Poland's Environmental Policy

ISBN13: 9789401059268
Published: April 2013
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
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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.

Environmental Law, European Jurisdictions, Poland
Preface and Acknowledgements.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
List of Abbreviations.

Part I: Introduction.
1. Environment and Transition in Eastern Europe.
2. A Policy Science Perspective.

Part II: National Policy.
3. Setting the Stage.
4. National Environmental Policy in the 1980s.
5. National Environmental Policy in the 1990s. Part III: Sectoral Policies.
6. Air Pollution from Stationary Sources.
7. Saline Waste Water from the Hard Coal Sector.

Part IV: Conclusions.
8. Conclusions about Policy Change. References. Interviews. List of Main Questions Asked in Poland.
Appendix 1. Environmental Protection Administration in Poland in 1985.
Appendix 2. Environmental Protection Administration in Poland in 1995.
Appendix 3. Structure of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources in 1988.
Appendix 4. Structure of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry in 1995.