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Climate Change and Climate Policy: An Inconvenient Issue, in the Low Countries Too
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Climate Change and Climate Policy: An Inconvenient Issue, in the Low Countries Too

(Pieter Leroy) The Low Countries - 2008, № 16, pp. 100-107

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Climate policy in Belgium and the Netherlands exhibits all the dilemmas of policy-making at the present juncture: the policy has to be global, but the political system remains largely national, and therefore operates on a relatively ineffective scale. The policy has to be long-term, but politicians tend to be extremely short-term in their thinking – a not very effective timescale. The policy has to be fundamental, but the government has deprived itself of room for manoeuvre in many areas, including precisely those areas where control is needed.

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