Critique as an opportunity for legitimation: the case of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Criticisms directed at the European Union (EU) and its institutions over the past decade have often been interpreted as a sign of fundamental weakness. However, using the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as an example, Claire Godet argues that contestation should not be seen as a sign of failure, but rather as an opportunity for justification.

Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 23 February 2020

Smoking chimneys

The EU’s climate policy focuses primarily on emission reductions. Illustration: colourbox.com

Published Feb. 23, 2020 8:37 PM - Last modified Mar. 23, 2020 12:17 PM