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The Low Countries Do Smell of Manure, Don't They? Environmental Problems, Environmental Awareness and Environmental Policy in the Netherlands and Flanders
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The Low Countries Do Smell of Manure, Don't They? Environmental Problems, Environmental Awareness and Environmental Policy in the Netherlands and Flanders

(Pieter Leroy) The Low Countries - 1993, № 1, pp. 56-63

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The author points out that the Dutch policy preparation regarding environment is without doubt superior to that in Flanders. However, this need not necessarily mean that the quality of the environment policy itself or, more important, the quality of the environment are also better. What is important here, after all, is not policy design but policy and, above all, policy performance. And on this point, too, the two countries face almost identical problems: actual implementation of the environment policy, whether prepared in a highly systematic or a more improvisational way, is and and continues to be THE problem area.Tackling deeply ingrained habits, firmly established economic activities and underlying social structures remains an exteremely fifficult task.

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