Governance and Environment in Western Europe: Politics, Policy and Administration, provides an up-to-date overview of developments in this area focusing on a selection of ten countries in Western Europe and the European Union. The range of countries covered - representing as they do different stages of development in environmental policy, different state and institutional traditions - provides an interesting comparative analysis of how different countries confronting similar problems of environmental management have responded politically and (re)organised their administrative systems for implementing these policies. *Written by a team of internationally recognised contributors. *Includes a separate chapter on EU environmental policy and explores the impact of the EU on policy and structural developments within the ten countries examined. *Examines how the environmentalist conceptualisation of the environmental problematique was reconstructed and transformed into the notion of sustainable development and the strategy of ecological modernisation.