Climate protection policy

Ecological modernisation, industrial competitiveness, and Europeanisation

Authored by: Rainer Hillebrand

The Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415686860
eBook ISBN: 9781315747040
Adobe ISBN: 9781317600152


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National pride is a contested concept in Germany. Nonetheless, many Germans are particularly proud of two of their country’s achievements: being recognised internationally as an environmental leader, especially in climate protection, and possessing a successful industrial sector that places the country amongst the leading export nations. Both climate protection and the international competitiveness of industry have played a significant role for at least the last two decades in Germany’s self-perception and in political debates.

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