Responding to the European Green Deal in the European Council and the Council of the European Union


Department of Public Governance and Management researchers Jeffrey Rosamond and Professor Claire Dupont have published an article analysing the response of the European Council and the Council of the European Union to the emergence and development of the European Green Deal. They conducted a qualitative content analysis of 424 European Council and Council Conclusions published between 2018 and 2020. Jeffrey and Claire found that in their Conclusions, both institutions directly respond to three novel aspects of the European Green Deal: 1) the ambition of achieving climate neutrality by 2050; 2) the need for a systemic and integrated transition across sectors; 3) the necessity of ensuring a socially just transition. Their findings highlight that despite turbulent contexts generated by COVID-19, political focus given to climate policy and the European Green Deal was not weakened. The authors also argue that, on paper, the Council and European Council have managed to govern through organizational turbulence –including turbulence stemming from member state divisions on the climate challenge –in support of the European Green Deal. The article contributes to knowledge on governance in turbulent times, bringing in specific insights from EU climate policymaking and institutional contexts. It is part of an open access Special Issue of the journal Politics and Governance on climate governance, which was co-edited by Claire Dupont and Diarmuid Torney (Dublin City University). The overall project was supported by the Jean Monnet GOVTRAN network (

Rosamond, J. & Dupont, C. (2021). The European Council, the Council and the European Green Deal. Politics and Governance, 9(3), 348-359.

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