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Issues in environmental justice within the European Union

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  • Laurent, Éloi

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This paper surveys pressing issues facing current and future social policies in the European Union (EU) at the juncture of social justice demands and environmental concerns. European policy-makers have in fact only recently acknowledged the notions of environmental justice and environmental inequalities, which have been part of the US policy arsenal for almost two decades. Yet, challenges to equality and fairness in the environmental domain are many and growing within the European Union. After having defined environmental justice and environmental inequalities in the European context, the paper addresses two contemporary dimensions of those challenges for EU social policies: vulnerability and exposure to environmental disaster and risk; and fairness in environmental taxation and the related issue of fuel poverty.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 70 (2011)
Issue (Month): 11 (September)
Pages: 1846-1853

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:11:p:1846-1853

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Keywords: Environmental justice Environmental inequalities European Union;

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  1. Anne-Michelle Slater & Ole Pedersen, 2009. "Environmental justice: lessons on definition and delivery from Scotland," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(6), pages 797-812.
  2. Susan L. Cutter & Bryan J. Boruff & W. Lynn Shirley, 2003. "Social Vulnerability to Environmental Hazards," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 84(2), pages 242-261.
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Cited by:
  1. Alexandre BERTHE (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113) & Sylvie FERRARI (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113), 2012. "Ecological inequalities: how to link unequal access to the environment with theories of justice?," Cahiers du GREThA 2012-17, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
  2. Eloi Laurent, 2011. "Pour une justice environnementale européenne : le cas de la précarité énergétique," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/eu4vqp9ompq, Sciences Po.
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  4. Leßmann, Ortrud & Rauschmayer, Felix, 2012. "Re-conceptualising sustainable development on the basis of the capability approach: A model and its difficulties," UFZ Discussion Papers 03/2012, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Division of Social Sciences (ÖKUS).

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