ENP-10806 Environmental Policy Instruments


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Literature study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. JPM van Tatenhove
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. JPM van Tatenhove
prof. dr. ir. AEJ Wals
dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JPM van Tatenhove

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This course provides an overview of major environmental policy instruments, with a focus on the Netherlands. In addition, it will touch upon the key relationships between Dutch and international environmental policy.
The course comprises the following subjects;
- the general structure of the Dutch environmental policy (including the most important policy science backgrounds);
- instruments for direct regulation (including environmental law backgrounds);
- economic instruments (including the most important economic backgrounds);
- communicative instruments (including environmental extension and education).

Learning outcomes:

After this course students are able to:
- reproduce the institutionalization of Dutch environmental policy from the 1960s till now;
- know the main principles and trends in Dutch environmental policy;
- identify and name the differences between direct regulation, economic and communicative instruments;
- describe the major strengths and weaknesses of these instruments in Dutch environmental policy;
- know the principles of environmental economy in general, as applied in economic instruments;
- know about the economic evaluation of environmental policy instruments, in terms of efficiency and cost effectivity;
- know in general the principles of Dutch environmental law;
- to distinguish the use of different policy instruments in a specific environmental policy case;
- to evaluate the use of different policy instruments in a specific case.


- lectures;
- studying the course literature;
- tutorials with practical assignments related to environmental policy instruments;
- analysis and reporting of a concrete environmental policy case, in a small workgroup.


The grading is based on (1) a written exam, (2) the results of the case, and (3) the student's performance at the tutorials.


A course outline is available at the ENP group.
Course literature is announced at the start.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc4WD