Title: Measuring European Environmental Policy Performance
Authors: JESINGHAUS Jochen
Citation: ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS vol. 17 p. 29-37
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC56264
ISSN: 1470-160X
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X11001713
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.05.026
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In democratic societies, citizens have the right to know whether their elected representatives address environmental problems successfully or not. Voters can judge their governments' economic performance by looking at GDP growth and unemployment rates; equally simple measures for environmental policies face a number of obstacles, inter alia: the complexity of the policy field "environment", lack and quality of data, absence of scientific and political consensus on the relative importance of sub-fields like climate change, waste, biodiversity etc., and the tendency of expert communities to get lost in details rather than communicating the big picture. This paper will show ways and define rules how to overcome these obstacles.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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