The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Professor Anthony Zito

Professor of European Public Policy

Background

Anthony R. Zito is Professor of European Public Policy at Newcastle University. Dr. Zito is currently Co-Director of the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence at Newcastle University and Co-Editor of the leading international environmental journal, Environmental Politics. His research focused on governance, learning theory, networks, and European Union decision-making. He has authored numerous journal articles and two monographs: Creating Environmental Policy in the European Union (2000) and Environmental Governance in Europe (2013, with R. Wurzel and A. Jordan). 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, Jean Monnet Centre at Newcastle University.
  • Chair of the Governance and Political Organisations Research Cluster, GPS 
  • Editor of journal, Environmental Politics 

Areas of expertise

  • European public policy
  • European Union politics and policy
  • Environmental politics and policy

Qualifications

  • PhD in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA in Politics, Catholic University of America

Previous Positions

  • Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Memberships

  • The International Political Science Association 
  • American Political Science Association
  • Political Studies Association
  • The European Union Studies Association
  • UACES

Languages

Read and speak German, read Dutch.

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Research

Research Interests

The European Union (European Community), Domestic Environmental Politics and Policy-making, European Political Economy, European Public Policy and Policy-making, International Environmental Politics and Policy-making, International Political Economy, International Organisations.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised 16 doctoral students to completion.

European Union politics and policy-making
Environmental politics and policy-making
Regional and international institutions
European state systems

If you wish further information on reading for a research degree in Politics please contact the Politics Postgraduate Research Director and Selector.

 Current Research Work

 Research Themes Projects

  1. Comparing  regulation of fracking. A comparative analysis of liability and regulatory regimes focused on the hydraulic fracturing process.  I am Principal Investigator for this project, funded by ReFINE.  It is comparing the liability regime and overarching regulatory provisions that exist in England and Wales to the fracking policy and liability experience in a number of states within the United States, including Pennysylvania and Ohio. One journal article is now available from this project (see publication list).

 2.  The changing nature of the state in the OECD context:       

  • The Comparative Governance Project. I am developing a network of leading academic scholars to focus comparatively on the transformations of states and how states govern their society. Despite the intense interest in governance in law and social sciences, most scholarship does not generalise beyond a specific policy and country context. By bringing together internationally recognized scholars institutions with respected experts in public policy, this project develops a hugely original research agenda that transcends a particular geographic context. The goal of creating a systematic, comparative study of governance arrangements builds on my participation in a highly successful SSHRC funded collaborative project centred in Canada, which enabled me to co-publish two path-breaking articles on this topic in Public Administration in 2012 (see publication list)
  • ‘Towards Smarter  Regulation? Changing Environmental Governance in Australia and Canada’.  In order to build empirical evidence for the multi-country, multi-policy sector analysis of OECD countries, I have received funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation to conduct field research in Australia and Canada.  I was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne to pursue this research.

 

3. The evolution of environmental governance and public policy:

  • State of the art study of European Union Environmental Governance.  Special issue in Environmental Politics (see publication list).
  • The Comparative Environment Agencies Project. A 2007 Leverhulme Research Fellowship has allowed me to do the foundational work for an ongoing comparative environmental agencies study. Environmental Agencies are at the critical juncture of how institutions and policies geared to past environmental problems must be developed to new objectives.  So far the project has undertaken research on the European Environment Agency, the Environment Agency for England and Wales, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The project has generated 4 refereed journal pieces so far, please see publications list. Agency project website http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ceag/
  • New Environmental Policy Instruments. This research examines the degree to which the means the public sector, as well as the private sector, to govern over societal choices, have change.  I have co-authored a 2013 monograph:

Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito and Andrew Jordan,  Has Governance Eclipsed Governance? Patterns of Environmental Instrument Selection and Use in Four States and the EU (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013).

 

4. The evolution of European integration and the role of expertise:

  • Re-imagining multi-level governance.  this project has generated an award winning book chapter (please see publications list).

 


Funding

2007 Leverhulme Research Fellow. Project Title: ‘Comparing Environmental Agencies and Governance’.

Dr. Anthony Zito and his co-researchers Dr. Andrew Jordan and Dr.
Rudi Wurzel received ESRC funding for their ESRC Future
Governance Programme study of New Environmental Policy Instruments
in Europe. They have presented their findings to the European Union Commission officials as well as the Ministry officials and interested private sector actors in the four case countries: Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. This project received a grading of "outstanding" from the ESRC.

This project has led to the following selected publications (all co-authored):
 

            Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito and Andrew Jordan,  Has Governance Eclipsed Governance? Patterns of Environmental Instrument Selection and Use in Four States and the EU (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013).

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘Still the Century of ‘New’ Environmental Policy Instruments? Exploring Patterns of Innovation and Continuity’, Environmental Politics, 22, 1 (2013), 155-173.

              Andrew Jordan , Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘New Modes of Environmental Governance: Are 'New' Environmental Policy Instruments (NEPIs) Supplanting or Supplementing the Traditional Tools of Government?’ in Klaus Jacob, Frank Biermann, Per-Olof Busch and Peter Feindt (eds.) Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Special Issue 39 (2007), 283-298.

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘The Rise of “New” Policy Instruments in Comparative Perspective: Has Governance Eclipsed Government?’ Political Studies. 53, 3 (2005), pp. 477-496. [reprinted in J. Roberts (ed.) Environmental Policy (Volume III).  Routledge: London. Ranked 18th in citations for all 57 volumes of Political Studies, (i.e. ranked 18th out of 3000 articles)].

             Rüdiger Wurzel, Andrew Jordan, Adarsh Varma and Anthony Zito,  ‘Das britische Emissions-handelssystem.’ Umweltwirtschaftsforum, 7, 3 (2003), pp. 9-14.

              Anthony Zito, Claudio M. Radaelli and Andrew Jordan, ‘“New” Policy Instruments in the European Union: Symposium Introduction.’ Public Administration. 81, 3 (2003), pp. 509-511.

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito, and Lars Brückner ‘European Governance and the Transfer of “New” Environmental Policy Instruments in the European Union.” Public Administration. 81, 3 (2003), pp. 555-574.

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘“New” Instruments of Environmental Governance: Patterns and Pathways of Change.” Environmental Politics 12, 1 (2003), pp. 3-24.

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘“New” Environmental Policy Instruments: an Evolution or a Revolution in Environmental Policy?’ Environmental Politics 12, 1 (2003), pp. 201-224.

             Rüdiger Wurzel, Lars Brückner, Andrew Jordan, and Anthony Zito, ‘Struggling to Leave Behind a Highly Regulatory Past? “New” Environmental Policy Instruments in Austria.’  Environmental Politics 12, 1 (2003), pp. 51-72.

             Anthony Zito, Lars Brückner, Rüdiger Wurzel, and Andrew Jordan, ‘Instrument Innovation in an Environmental Lead State: “New” Environmental Policy Instruments in the Netherlands.’ Environmental Politics 12, 1 (2003), pp. 157-178.

             Rüdiger Wurzel, Andrew Jordan, Anthony Zito, and Lars Brückner, ‘From High Regulatory State to Social and Ecological Market Economy? “New” Environmental Policy Instruments in Germany.’ Environmental Politics 12, 1 (2003), pp.115-136.

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito, and Lars Brückner, ‘Policy Innovation or ‘Muddling through’? “New” Environmental Policy Instruments in the United Kingdom.” Environmental Politics 12, 1 (2003), pp. 179-198.

  

Book Chapters

 

            Andrew Jordan, David Benson, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘Policy Instruments in Practice,’ in John Dryzek, Richard Norgaard, and David Schosberg, eds., Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011), pp. 536-549.        

            Andrew Jordan, David Benson, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘Environmental Policy: Governing by Multiple Policy Instruments?’  In:  J.J Richardson, ed., Constructing a Policy State? Policy Dynamics in the EU. (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2012), pp. 104-124.

             Andrew Jordan, David Benson, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘Governing with Multiple Policy Instruments?’  In:  A. Jordan and C. Adelle, eds., Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions and Processes (Third Edition). (London: Earthscan, 2012), pp. 309-324.

             Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘Policy Instrument Innovation in the European Union: a Realistic Model for International Environmental Governance,’ in Gerd Winter, ed., Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 470-492.


            Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony Zito, ‘Environmental Governance … or Government? The International Politics of Environmental Instruments,’ in  Peter Dauvergne, ed. Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005), pp. 202-217.  

            Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito, and Lars Brückner, ‘Responsibility-Taking and National Eco-Labelling Schemes in Europe,’ in Michele Micheletti, Andreas Follesdal and Dietlind Stolle, eds. Politics, Products, and Markets: Exploring Political Consumerism Past and Present (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2004), pp. 161-180.


            Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito, and Lars Brückner, ‘The Innovation and Diffusion of “New” Environmental Policy Instruments (NEPIs) in the European Union and Its Member States,’ in F. Biermann, R. Brohm, and K. Dingwerth, eds. Human Dimensions of Global  Environmental Change and the Nation State (Potsdam: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research,  2002), pp. 151-161.

 

 

 


Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

European Union: Decision-Making Simulation

Postgraduate Teaching

Integration in Europe

Publications