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Dissolving the 'Westphalian system'

Transnationalism in Transboundary Water Management
The "Westphalian system" of international relations, based on delineation, non-interference, and separation, hinders effective management of environmental resources, such as trans-boundary rivers. In this article, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute explains how cooperation and sharing responsibilities over watercourses between states provided the basis for the US Constitution and the institutional order of the EU, and now drive a new transnationalism that erodes the Westphalian system. The article is available for download.Read more

Between Helpful Advice and Questionable Influence - Traditional and New Actors of Political Consulting and Advising in German Federal Politics

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6 July 2012
Tilburg
Netherlands

During the 7th Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis at Tilburg (The Netherlands), Golo Bartsch presented recent developments of German political consulting, and adressed some of the legitimacy questions caused by them.

From 5th to 7th of July, political scientists from all over the world gathered at Tilburg, where the Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University hosted the 7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA). Guided by the conference topic "Understanding the Drama of Democracy", the participantsRead more

Environmental Complaint-handling and Mediation Mechanisms at National Level

April 2012 to November 2012

Improving the implementation and enforcement of European environmental legislation will be one of the key priorities of the EU’s upcoming 7th Environmental Action Programme. In a study for the European Commission the Ecologic Institute, together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy and BIO Intelligence Service, is studying several options to improve the national complaint-handling and mediation mechanisms in the environmental field.

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Environmental law is characterised in many cases by its lack of directly and individually affectedRead more

Ecologic University Course on Think Tanks Policy Consulting (2012)

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Summer Term 2012
1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012
Bremen
Germany

What does policy consultancy mean in practice? What is a think tank and what does it do? These and other questions were discussed by Doris Knoblauch and Gesa Homann within the framework of a teaching assignment at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences. Some 40 students from the bachelor program participated in the block seminar, which was split into three two-day blocks.

This was the third summer term in which Ecologic Institute Fellows taught the course as so called “practice partners.” Students were introduced to the institute’s work and the day-to-dayRead more

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Guardians of People and the Planet: Think Tanks and Policies in the Public Interest (人类和地球的保护者:环境智库为人民服务)

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7 October 2011
Beijing
China

In the second international conference of a series on the role of Think Tanks in China, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute gave a presentation on environment and development policy and the contribution of think tanks to harmonious and sustainable social development. Conveners of the conference were the Institute for Social Development (ISD) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ecologic University Course on Think Tanks Policy Consulting (2011)

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Summer Term 2011
22 August 2011
Bremen
Germany
In the summer term of 2011, Christiane Gerstetter and Doris Knoblauch, Fellows at the Ecologic Institute, taught a seminar on policy consulting at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen. Some 35  students, enrolled in  a bachelor’s programme, participated. The seminar consisted of a block of three units for a total duration of 32 hours  for a full course credit. Read more

Evaluation of the Europe 2020 Strategy

May 2011 to June 2011

The goal of this project was to examine the 27 National Reform Programmes prepared by the Member States as part of the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy and in preparation of the first European Semester. The Committee of the Regions was conducting this analysis together with Ecologic Institute and its partners WU/RIMAS, ICLEI and PSI to examine to what extent the NRPs reflect the roles, inputs, and needs of local and regional authorities. The project report "The Role of Local and Regional Authorities in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes" is available for download.

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Perspectives for Stability and Democracy in Pakistan

March 2011 to April 2011

How can we foster democratic development in Pakistan? What role could the European Union play? These questions were addressed in a joint workshop of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and Delegation for Relations with South Asia on 30 March 2011 in Brussels that was organized by Ecologic Institute. The European Parliament has recently published the thoroughly reviewed report of the workshop, in which Ecologic Institute has compiled keyRead more

Individuals in Context: Supportive Environments for Sustainable Living (InContext)

October 2010 to October 2013
The three-year research project "InContext" identified framework conditions enabling societal transition towards an ecologically sound, economically successful and culturally diverse future. Action at local and individual levels is vital to bring the concept of sustainable development to life. However, policies aimed at initiating such local and individual transitions towards sustainability can often not achieve the desired change. Thus, the EU research project InContext has set out to investigate the conditions for creating sustainability transitions at the local and individual levels. Read more

Commentary on the German PRTR law

September 2010 to January 2011

Ecologic Institute writes a legal commentary on the German PRTR-Act. Under this law and an EU-Regulation, operators of certain installations in Germany have to report data on pollutants for publication in a German as well as to a European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). The legal commentary is mainly addressed at authorities and operators to facilitate the application of the rules without in-depth knowledge on their legal background.

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