Yesterday, I finally received a long-awaited parcel with volumes of my book”The EU’s Green Dynamism: Deadlock and Change in Energy and Environmental Policy”, fresh from the press. The book emerged from my dissertation in which I set out to explore the EU’s capacity for effective problem-solving in environmental protection. The project began while I was doing research in Christian Joerges’ and Josef Falke’s interdisciplinary (law and politics) project on “Social Regulation in Transnational Structures” at the now defunct Collaborative Research Centre 597 on the “Transformations of the State”.
Combining the joint-decision trap model with the major theories of European integration, this project examines how the EU can be an environmental pace-maker, when it virtually depends on the agreement of all member states. The project looks into the bargaining dynamics of recent EU legislation at the nexus of energy, climate, and environmental policy. It includes case-studies on the first CO2 emission standards for passenger cars, the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and the energy efficiency directive.