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This collective activity ‘is needed to counterbalance the very well organized opponents of adjustment to present environment policies’ (Mierlo and van Nispen, 1991, pp. 211–15). In the case of environmental regulation, there is often a narrow concentration of costs and an even distribution of beneﬁts. Such narrow costs are not going to be accepted unless someone organizes the people who beneﬁt in a way that is comparable to those who suffer the cost. It is the entrepreneur who can mobilize sentiment, attack opponents, and appeal to larger shared environmental values like clean air (Mierlo and van Nispen, 1991, pp.
Rhodes and Marsh (1992, pp. 13–15) differentiate policy networks along a continuum depending on the stability of actor relationships, the permeability of the network to outside pressure, and the level of dependence between those inside the network. Issue networks represent the more ﬂexible and informal end of the continuum while policy communities fall on the more stable, formal, and permanent side. These characteristics help to determine how well established the network is within its political context and what kind of inﬂuence it can seek to exert on the policy process.
127). This success often depends on who sets the agenda and on what terms. Accordingly, the Commission’s formal powers of legislative initiation are considerable. The Commission also has the ability to order the sequence of proposals in order to gain advantages (Pierson, 1996, p. 23). At the same time, one must not ignore the agenda-setting capability of the Parliament and Council (Tsebelis, 1994). Within the activity of the Council, the President has some inﬂuence to order the agenda as well as the content of decisions.