ENP-34306 Environmental Policy: Analysis and Evaluation


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work8
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)PhD EC Carballo Cárdenas
Lecturer(s)PhD EC Carballo Cárdenas
dr. ir. CSA van Koppen
prof. dr. NE Hoehne
dr. J van Leeuwen
Renske van der Maten MSc
MSc S Vij
Examiner(s)PhD EC Carballo Cárdenas

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basics of environmental policy at BSc level.

Continuation courses:

International Environmental Policy; Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy; Sociological Perspectives on Environmental Change; Advanced International Environmental Politics; Thesis Environmental Policy


The course provides a detailed introduction to the social scientific study of environmental politics, with a focus on policy analysis and evaluation. We discuss models of environmental policy processes and networks, instruments of environmental policy (such as regulatory, market-based and information-based approaches) and frameworks to evaluate environmental policy. The course focuses on analysis and evaluation in theory and in practice, through in-depth case studies. A (group) assignment on environmental policy evaluation is an integral part of the course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
1) Demonstrate knowledge of:
- Unique challenges facing environmental policy making,
- Current theories and models of (environmental) policy formulation, implementation and evaluation,
- The role of key actors and multiple levels of authority in environmental policy making.
2) Evaluate effectiveness of environmental policy by critically applying methods and techniques of policy evaluation; and recommend improvements.
3) Demonstrate stronger skills in:
- Reading scholarly literature critically,
- Formulating and defending an own viewpoint,
- Writing clearly and concisely,
- Presenting/debating policy evaluation lessons in a group and/or in class,
- Working effectively in a team.


The course consist of the following activities:
- plenary lectures on environmental policy theories and models, different environmental policy instruments + evaluation frameworks; key developments in environmental governance and new state-market relations;
- one major policy evaluation study, carried out in small groups of 3-5 students. The study will entail an evaluation of a specific environmental policy. Students will have the opportunity to present/discuss their group work in class.


- written exam 60%;
- group assignment 40%.
Both need a 5.5 or higher to pass.


Various book chapters and articles on the topics outlined above; A course outline can be obtained upon request from the course coordinator.

Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScB: Spec. B - Environmental Policy and Economics2MO
MCLClimate StudiesMScE: Spec. E - Climate, Society and Economics2MO