The implementation of environmental policy in Ireland

Lessons from translating EU directives into action

By Bernadette Connaughton

The implementation of environmental policy in Ireland


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8887-2
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / The environment, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Politics, Politics & government, Ireland, EU (European Union), Environment law, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General


This book explores the response of Ireland's political-administrative system to the implementation of environmental directives in the cases of waste management, water reform and biodiversity. Ireland represents the implementation challenges of a small EU member state with a weak background in environmental governance, and has struggled to adapt to the complexities of enforcing environmental rules. Using a theoretical framework inspired by traditional implementation analysis and insights from the Europeanisation literature, the book traces the implementation process in three directives. The main conclusion of this study is that Ireland's implementation performance in waste management, water and nature conservation is influenced by the low issue salience of environmental policy and the need to overcome structural problems in the public administration system to give effect to EU legislation.


List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
List of Irish terms
1 Environmental policy making and the implementation challenge
2 Theories and concepts: Implementation, Europeanisation and multi-level governance
3 Developments in EU environmental policy
4 EU environmental policy and Ireland
5 Case: Waste management
6 Case: Water
7 Case: Biodiversity
8 Are great expectations in Brussels dashed in Dublin?


Bernadette Connaughton is Lecturer in Public Administration at the University of Limerick

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