Special Issue: ‘Europe’s Transition to Sustainability: Actors, Approaches and Policies’

The International Spectator, Volume 56, Issue 3 (2021)

Guest Editors: Rosa Fernandez, Jonas J. Schoenefeld, Thomas Hoerber & Sebastian Oberthür


In collaboration with GOVTRAN, a new Open Access Special Issue has been published in The International Spectator: Europe’s Transition to Sustainability: Actors, Approaches and Policies’.

In 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal (EGD) as a strategic framework for policy development to achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The EGD offers an opportunity to reflect on the complexity of achieving long-term sustainability through enhanced public action in a number of relevant EU policy areas. Amidst a plethora of policy challenges (such as the refugee crisis or Brexit and Covid-19), this Special Issue uses the new context created by the EGD to engage in the debate on key topics related to this transition towards sustainability. The EGD may become the extension of ecological modernisation, where environmental protection became a perceived chance rather than a cost. By delivering the EGD, the EU may put its action and money behind this idea.


Table of contents

Editorial: Europe’s Transition to Sustainability: Actors, Approaches and Policies
Rosa Fernandez, Jonas J. Schoenefeld, Thomas Hoerber and Sebastian Oberthür

Role Perceptions in Global Environmental Negotiations: From Reformist Leaders to Conservative Bystanders
Frauke Ohler and Tom Delreux

The Challenging Paths to Net-Zero Emissions: Insights from the Monitoring of National Policy Mixes
Jonas J. Schoenefeld, Kai Schulze, Mikael Hildén and Andrew J. Jordan

Towards Ego-Ecology? Populist Environmental Agendas and the Sustainability Transition in Europe
Thomas Hoerber, Kristina Kurze and Joel Kuenzer

When the Accession Legacy Fades Away: Central and Eastern European Countries and the EU Renewables Targets
Matúš Mišík

Discourses about EU Transport Decarbonisation: Towards a Paradigm Shift?
Helene Dyrhauge

Community Renewable Energy Projects: The Future of the Sustainable Energy Transition?
Rosa Fernandez

Cutting Deals: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the European Union Timber Regulation at the Eastern Border
Simona Davidescu and Aron Buzogány

Environmental Justice and Just Transition in the EU’s Sustainability Policies in Third Countries: The Case of Colombia
Gabriel Weber and Ignazio Cabras


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