Environmental policy and climate protection take place in multi-level institutional structures, especially in federal systems. This is not only the case in a variety of nation states such as India, but also in the quasi-federal system of the European Union. The institutional setting therein, as well as the division of tasks between different political levels, most likely effects problem-solving capacity in one way or another. Federal structures have their assets and drawbacks; as can be demonstrated by the background of numerous examples - among them US and European climate protection policies -, they provide for both innovation and gridlock.
The purpose of this seminar is to study the institutional structure of the environmental federalism and its practical implications in India and the EU.