Environmental Dilemmas and Policy Design

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Overview

This book examines environmental policy-making through research into individuals' reaction to environmental issues. It is often assumed that people are reluctant to contribute to environmental protection, because they do not see it as in their interests. The authors argue that self-interest is just one of a number of motives which affect people's choices, and that voluntary environmental polices are thus more likely to succeed than might be expected. They base their arguments on detailed surveys of public opinion.

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Meet the Author

Dr Huib Pellikaan is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Leiden University. He is currently the managing editor of Acta Politica, the journal of the Dutch Association for the Science of Politics.

Robert van der Veen is a lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Between Exploitation and Communism (1991), as well as the editor of Basic Income on the Agenda (with Loek Groot, 2000). He has contributed articles to many journals including Economics and Philosophy, The British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Political Philosophy and Acta Politica.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
1 Environmental pollution as a problem of collective action 3
2 A Dutch approach: self-regulation as a policy concept 28
3 The actor's perspective on collective action 47
4 Preference orderings and measurement 67
5 Rational choice 84
6 Consistency of motives and preferences 101
7 The non-equivalence of the cases 124
8 Reported behaviour 136
9 Do people accept self-regulation policy? 151
10 Do people agree with the environmental ethos? 161
11 Moral commitment and rational cooperation 178
12 Reciprocity and cooperation in environmental dilemmas 197
13 Assessing self-regulation policies 210
References 235
Index 239
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