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Environmental Governance and Management Topic of AMK Ranch Talk Aug. 6

July 31, 2015
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Tanja Borzel, a professor of political science and chair for European Integration at Berlin’s Freie University, will speak Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars at the UW-National Park Service Research Center. (Tanja Borzel Photo)

Leaders and laggards in environmental governance and management are the topics of discussion during the weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 6, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Tanja Borzel will present “On Leaders and Laggards in Environmental Governance and Management: The Case Study of the European Union” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

Borzel, a professor of political science and chair for European Integration at Berlin’s Freie University, will use the case of the European Union to challenge the view that Western industrialized democracies are leaders in protecting and managing the environment, while developing countries and emerging economies lag behind.

The richer member states have tailored European environmental laws to their economic interests and environmental problems, Borzel says. The poorer countries in Southern and Eastern Europe face the challenge of implementing laws that disadvantage their economies in the Single European Market, strain their limited administrative capacities and do not address their most pressing environmental problems.

She will conclude her talk by discussing, to what extent, the politics of environmental leaders and laggards apply at the global level, and how Europe’s model fits with environmental trends in the United States.

Borzel’s research focus and teaching experience are in the fields of institutional theory and governance, European integration, and comparative politics with a focus on Western and Southern Europe.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

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