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Adoption of the EU SEA Directive in Turkey

Unalan, Dilek and Cowell, Richard John Westley ORCID: 2009. Adoption of the EU SEA Directive in Turkey. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 29 (4) , pp. 243-251. 10.1016/j.eiar.2008.11.003

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This paper analyses the adoption of the EU Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive (2001/42/EC) in Turkey as part of a programme of environmental policy harmonisation for EU accession, to explore the extent to which this is driving wider shifts in modes of environmental governance. To do this, rather than simply assess compliance with Directive in narrow, formal, statutory terms, we use Jänicke and Weidner's concept of capacity building, which focuses on the constraints facing societal action to promote sustainable development. Despite the resources invested in pre-accession training and pilot SEA projects, Turkey's adoption of the Directive is still likely to be affected by the centralised nature of the bureaucracy (affecting the scope for sectoral integration), its politicised nature (interrupting the accumulation of policy learning), the limited capacity of civil society and environmental organisations to engage with the process, and the political dominance of economic development objectives.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic environmental assessment; Europeanisation; Turkey; Participation; Civil society; Integration
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0195-9255
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:38

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