The Theory of Environmental Policy

  • Filename: the-theory-of-environmental-policy.
  • ISBN: 0521311128
  • Release Date: 1988-02-26
  • Number of pages: 299
  • Author: William J. Baumol
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, Professors Baumol and Oates provide a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the economic theory of environmental policy. They present a formal, theoretical treatment of those factors infuencing the quality of life. By covering both the theory of externalities and its application to environmental policy, the authors have retained the basic structure and organization of the first edition, which has become a standard reference in the field. In this edition, however, they have updated their analysis to incorporate recent research in enviromental economics.

Environmental Economics

  • Filename: environmental-economics.
  • ISBN: 9781107002142
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 379
  • Author: Alfred Endres
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How can we design environmental policy that achieves ambitious ecological goals without burdening society with excessive costs? How can effective international agreements, for example, on global warming, be designed? This textbook discusses issues such as these in an intelligible manner for students. The book uses little mathematical analysis, relying on verbal and graphical analysis.

The Theory of Environmental Agreements and Taxes

  • Filename: the-theory-of-environmental-agreements-and-taxes.
  • ISBN: 1781959021
  • Release Date: 2005-01-01
  • Number of pages: 294
  • Author: Martin Enevoldsen
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

'Martin Enevoldsen's book is a pioneering work that compares the impacts of various non-regulatory environmental strategies in achieving measurable pollution reductions. Much has been written on the theoretical virtues and drawbacks of green taxation versus the adoption of voluntary agreements when it comes to effective implementation of environmental goals. In convincing detail, this book makes the case for the effectiveness of environmental taxation, its barriers being primarily political in nature rather than economic. Green taxes are highly controversial even in the most environmentally conscious nations, particularly when they are regarded as a purely fiscal instrument. The successful Danish CO2 taxation on industry, which this study proves to be much more effective than the Dutch system of voluntary agreements or the Austrian laissez-faire policies, relied not only on the inducement of the CO2 tax itself; all of the tax revenue was ploughed back into industry as subsidies for investments in advanced energy saving technologies. Martin Enevoldsen's book is simply a "must" for political scientists, environmental economists and environment policymakers.' - Svend Auken, M.P. and former Danish Minister for Environment and Energy Although there is a huge demand for accurate analysis of environmental policy outcomes in both the academic and policy-making communities, there is currently very little theoretical research on this issue. This ambitious book redresses the balance by constructing a new theoretical framework at the crossroads between economics and political science to account for the effectiveness of environmental governance. Drawing on insights from new institutional economics, environmental economics, collective action theory and social capital theory, the author analyses how policy outcomes are influenced by institutional factors that constrain and empower the target groups of environmental regulation.

The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law

  • Filename: the-economic-dynamics-of-environmental-law.
  • ISBN: 0262541394
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 268
  • Author: David M. Driesen
  • Publisher: MIT Press

A study showing that environmentally beneficial technical innovation would be more effective than economic efficiency as the organizing principle of environmental public policy.

Handbook of Environmental Economics

  • Filename: handbook-of-environmental-economics.
  • ISBN: 0080495095
  • Release Date: 2003-05-20
  • Number of pages: 572
  • Author: Karl-Goran Maler
  • Publisher: Elsevier

The Handbook of Environmental Economics focuses on the economics of environmental externalities and environmental public goods. Volume I examines environmental degradation and policy responses from a microeconomic, institutional standpoint. Its perspective is dynamic, including a consideration of the dynamics of natural systems, and global, with attention paid to issues in both rich and poor nations. In addition to chapters on well-established topics such as the theory and practice of pollution regulation, it includes chapters on new areas of environmental economics research related to common property management regimes; population and poverty; mechanism design; political economy of regulation; experimental evaluations of policy instruments; and technological change.

Punctuated Equilibrium and the Dynamics of U S Environmental Policy

  • Filename: punctuated-equilibrium-and-the-dynamics-of-u-s-environmental-policy.
  • ISBN: 0300129742
  • Release Date: 2008-10-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Robert Repetto
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

Although many environmental policy issues remain deadlocked for decades with little movement, sometimes breakthroughs occur abruptly. Why do deadlocks persist? Why do major policy shifts occur infrequently? Is it possible to judge when policies are ripe for change?This book presents new empirical evidence that the punctuated equilibrium theory of policy dynamics fits the facts of environmental policy change and can explain how stable policies can suddenly unravel in discontinuous change. The distinguished contributors to the volume apply the theory to a wide range of important environmental and resource issues and assess case histories in water, forestry, fisheries, public lands, energy and climate some of which resulted in breakthroughs, others in stalemate. They offer insights into the political conditions and tactics that are likely to produce these disparate outcomes. Every professional, activist, and student concerned with promoting (or resisting) change in environmental and natural resources policies will find this up-to-date book an invaluable guide.

Advanced Principles in Environmental Policy

  • Filename: advanced-principles-in-environmental-policy.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105023479293
  • Release Date: 1997-01-01
  • Number of pages: 321
  • Author: Anastasios Xepapadeas
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

'The books' comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in the field of environmental economics and its clear exposition make it a joy to read and a must for anyone interested in the field.' - Werner Meißner and Birgitta Weitz, Kyklos 'This book is very timely and relevant in the current atmosphere where regulators are trying to experiment with different policies in the domestic and in the global arena . . . this book makes an important contribution in the area of environmental economics. There is inadequate supply of good books that deal with the major issues in this field and this book tries to fill that gap. the chapters on stock pollutants and on international aspects, however, do extend our understanding of the subject and are very useful in the study of environmental problems.' - Lata Gangadharan, Economic Record Advanced Principles in Environmental Policy clearly and systematically presents current developments in the economic theory of environmental policy. A key feature is the systematic exposition of the use of mathematical tools in environmental economics.

Comparative Environmental Politics

  • Filename: comparative-environmental-politics.
  • ISBN: 9780262300360
  • Release Date: 2012-02-17
  • Number of pages: 440
  • Author: Paul F. Steinberg
  • Publisher: MIT Press

How do different societies respond politically to environmental problems around the globe? Answering this question requires systematic, cross-national comparisons of political institutions, regulatory styles, and state-society relations. The field of comparative environmental politics approaches this task by bringing the theoretical tools of comparative politics to bear on the substantive concerns of environmental policy. This book outlines a comparative environmental politics framework and applies it to concrete, real-world problems of politics and environmental management. After a comprehensive review of the literature exploring domestic environmental politics around the world, the book provides a sample of major currents within the field, showing how environmental politics intersects with such topics as the greening of the state, the rise of social movements and green parties, European Union expansion, corporate social responsibility, federalism, political instability, management of local commons, and policymaking under democratic and authoritarian regimes. It offers fresh insights into environmental problems ranging from climate change to water scarcity and the disappearance of tropical forests, and it examines actions by state and nonstate actors at levels from the local to the continental. The book will help scholars and policymakers make sense of how environmental issues and politics are connected around the globe, and is ideal for use in upper-level undergraduateand graduate courses.

Does Environmental Policy Work

  • Filename: does-environmental-policy-work.
  • ISBN: 1840641703
  • Release Date: 2003-01-01
  • Number of pages: 201
  • Author: David E. Ervin
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, a growing struggle has arisen between those who would like to repeal existing environmental policy and those who would like to see greater environmental protection. on both sides, however, many of the arguments remain grounded in ideology. This book attempts to moderate the conflict by exploring methods to accurately measure and assess the effectiveness of environmental policies. Does Environmental Policy Work? examines our ability to assess the impact of environmental policies on the environment in particular, and on social welfare in general. the distinguished authors explore the theory of assessment, concentrating primarily on a conceptual examination of the evaluation process. They extend existing tools and identify alternative indicators and methods of appraisal. the focus then shifts to the use of these tools in real-world policy situations by applying them to a series of case studies from Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Although the authors base their assessment predominantly on economic efficiency, they also pay due regard to other interdisciplinary approaches and decision-making criteria.

Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy

  • Filename: economic-analysis-of-environmental-policy.
  • ISBN: 9781442660250
  • Release Date: 2011-01-01
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Ross McKitrick
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press

The relationship between economic growth and the environment is at the forefront of public attention and poses serious challenges for policymakers around the world. Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy, a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, provides a rigorous and thorough explanation of modern environmental economics, applying this exposition to contemporary issues and policy analysis. Opening with a discussion of contemporary pollution problems, institutional players and the main policy instruments at our disposal, Ross McKitrick develops core theories of environmental valuation and optimal control of pollution. Chapters that follow cover issues like tradable permits, regulatory standards, emission taxes, and polluter liability as well as advanced topics like trade and the environment, sustainability, risk, inequality, and self-monitoring. Throughout, McKitrick uses clear, intuitive, and coherent analytical tools, so that students, academics, and practitioners can develop their policy analysis skills while comprehending the debates and challenges at the frontier of this exciting and rapidly-developing field.

The Macroeconomic Effects of Environmental Taxes

  • Filename: the-macroeconomic-effects-of-environmental-taxes.
  • ISBN: 9781451896046
  • Release Date: 1998-05-01
  • Number of pages: 35
  • Author: Ms. Johanna Elisabeth Ligthart
  • Publisher: International Monetary Fund

This paper reviews recent literature on the macroeconomic effects of environmental taxes. It attempts to delineate the conditions under which a cleaner environment is compatible with attaining macroeconomic objectives, such as more employment and economic growth. The analysis reveals that an environmentally motivated fiscal reform—using the revenues from environmental taxes to cut labor taxes—may yield employment and environmental dividends if the tax burden can be shifted to agents outside the labor market, such as capitalists, transfer recipients, and foreigners. A cleaner environment and a higher rate of economic growth go hand in hand if the environment is considered an important public input into production.

Empirical Studies of Environmental Policies in Europe

  • Filename: empirical-studies-of-environmental-policies-in-europe.
  • ISBN: 0792377524
  • Release Date: 2000-06-30
  • Number of pages: 217
  • Author: Jürgen von Hagen
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The visible encroachment of industrial development on the environment, and its unintended consequences, has increased public demand for better environmental management and policy. As policy makers struggle to meet these demands, empirical analysis of the effects of environmental policies is crucial for guiding the development, the implementation, and the evaluation of alternative government interventions and regulatory approaches. Such analysis is scarce, however. The need for empirical studies is particularly large in Europe, where environmental policy debates are still mainly theoretical and tend to reflect different ideological positions more than informed assessments of alternative policies. Empirical Studies of Environmental Policies in Europe presents contributions on empirical environmental policy evaluation. The individual chapters, written by authors from Europe and the US, contain quantitative studies of proposed and implemented environmental policies, at both the micro and macroeconomic levels. The policy issues studied in this volume include the `double dividend-hypothesis' of carbon taxation, the political economy of environmental policy development, the voluntary environmental efforts of corporations, the enforcement of environmental regulations, the development of environmental policies in transition economies, and the implementation of environmental policies in the face of transboundary pollution.

Environmental Policy in the EU

  • Filename: environmental-policy-in-the-eu.
  • ISBN: 9781136566516
  • Release Date: 2012-04-27
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Andrew Jordan
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This second and fully revised edition brings together some of the most influential work on the theory and practice of contemporary EU environmental policy. Comprising five comprehensive parts, it includes in-depth case studies of contemporary policy issues such as climate change, genetically modified organisms and trans-Atlantic relations, as well as an assessment of how well the EU is responding to new challenges such as enlargement, environmental policy integration and sustainability. The book's aim is to look forward and ask whether the EU is prepared or even able to respond to the 'new' governance challenges posed by the perceived need to use 'new' policy instruments and processes to 'mainstream' environmental thinking in all EU policy sectors.

The Handbook of Environmental Policy Evaluation

  • Filename: the-handbook-of-environmental-policy-evaluation.
  • ISBN: 9781849773072
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 221
  • Author: Ann Crabbé
  • Publisher: Earthscan

Policy evaluation is an important and well-established part of the policy process, facilitating and feeding back to promote the ongoing effectiveness of policies that have been implemented or anticipating policies in the making. Environmental policy is a special case, presenting new complexities uncommon to other areas, which standard evaluation tools are ill-equipped to grapple with. It is also an area that is experiencing rapid growth throughout the world and knowledge is now needed at all levels of government and in NGOs, businesses and other organizations, all of whom are required to assess the effectiveness of their policies. This handbook is the first guide to environmental policy evaluation in practice. Beginning with an introduction to the general principles of evaluation, it explains the particular complexities native to the environmental sphere and provides a comprehensive toolkit of evaluation methods and techniques which the practitioner can employ and refer to again and again. The authors also consider design issues which may face the policy evaluator, including involvement of stakeholders, the sensitivities between them, the a priori assessment of the evaluability of a field, the maximization of the utilization of the evaluations outcomes, and much more. Throughout, the theory is illustrated with practical examples from around the world, making this the essential companion guide for anyone tasked with ensuring that environmental policy fulfils its aims and achieves its potential.

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