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Environmental Management Systems in Local Public Authorities

A Comparative Study of the Introduction and Implementation of EMAS in the United Kingdom and Germany


Martin Jungwirth

This study analyses the introduction and implementation processes of the European environmental management standard EMAS in modern local public administrations in the UK and Germany. Based on the different political and institutional settings, a qualitative analysis reveals the effects of the policy instrument. The study comes to the conclusion that the organizational processes are mostly dependent on the dominant actors within each organization. The orientation towards New Public Management can be beneficial for organizations working with EMAS while others can use it to start a modernization process. On a national level, EMAS is a classical case of an innovative, voluntary and flexible policy instrument with an imperfect national implementation that has dramatic effects on its use.


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5 Case Study Methodology 5.1 Introduction After a detailed outline of the theoretical model, this chapter is about the methods used, their fields of application and the cases that are examined within this work. The first part of this chapter deals with a discussion of the methods in question and is followed by a description of the sample. The second part deals with the conduction of the interviews as well as the chosen interviewees. Within the third part, the methods of data collection are described. Finally, within the fourth part, a description of the data analysis methods is given. Figure 5.1 gives an overview of the methodical steps of this chapter. Figure 5.1: Overview of methods and proceedings. Source: Own. First selection of organisations Request to ask for participation in study Second selection of organisations Interviews (mostly at authority building) Third selection of organisations Transcription and data collection Data analysis and conclusion First set of criteria: type of org., tasks, growth, length of implementation of EMAS Second set of criteria: participation Development of interview guidelines, underlying principle: policy cycle Third set of criteria: number of interviews available for transcription Basis of analysis: variables from theoretical model 144 Case Study Methodology 5.2 Choosing the method This study tries to identify the potentials and pitfalls of the introduction and implementation of EMAS as a policy instrument in local public authorities in the UK and Germany and, therefore, it is mainly an evaluative research design. Evaluation research is a qualitative inquiry with four...

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