Voluntary Approaches in Environmental Policy / Edition 1

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In recent years, voluntary approaches to emission reductions have increasingly been adopted by major companies all over the world and have increasingly been supported by regulatory bodies and public administrations. Despite this world-wide effort to achieve a better environmental performance through voluntary approaches, economic analysis has somehow neglected the importance of voluntary approaches as an environmental policy instrument. This book is a first attempt to fill this gap by gathering together all major experts in the fields and by providing a detailed analysis of all main aspects characterising the design and implementation of voluntary approaches in environmental policy. The book, which is the outcome of cooperation between the École des Mines of Paris and the Fondazione ENI E. Mattei, within the EU Concerted Action on Market Based Policy Instruments for Environmental Protection, contains both theoretical analyses and case studies. The chapters of this book therefore provide a useful assessment of the main features and of the potential implementation problems of a new, important and promising environmental policy instrument.

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"Carlo Carraro and François Lévêque’s book is one of the first wide-ranging and serious endeavors to delineate voluntary approaches, analyze their effectiveness, explore the possibilities to enhance their performance, and explain the rationale for voluntary compliance by different stakeholders. … strongly recommend this book to graduate students, environmental policy scholars, policy practitioners, and those in the private sector interested in the adoption of voluntary approaches. The book provides researchers and stakeholders with theoretical and methodological tools for exploring the conditions under which voluntary agreements work." (Lada Kochtcheeva Dunbar, International Environmental Agreements, Vol. 8, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792355168
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/31/1999
  • Series: Economics, Energy and Environment (closed) Series, #14
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

François Lévêque is professor of Law and Economics at the Ecole des mines de Paris. His academic, teaching and consulting interests are in the areas of environmental policy, antitrust and regulation. His research focuses on the assessment of policy instruments (e.g., access charges for railways, transmission tariffs, eco-taxes, co-venants) and policy reforms (e.g., gas and electricity French and European laws, EU deregulation in railways and airlines industries).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the Rational and Potential of Voluntary Approaches; C. Carraro, F. Lévêque. Externalities, Collective Goods and the Requirement of a State's Intervention in Pollution Abatement; F. Lévêque. Environmental Regulation through Voluntary Agreements; L.G. Hansen. Voluntary Agreements in Environmental Policy: Negotiating Emission Reductions; D. Schmelzer. The Cost Efficiency of Voluntary Agreements for Regulating Industrial Pollution: a Coasean Approach; M. Glachant. Can 'Austrian Economics' Provide a New Approach to Environmental Policy? F. Sker. Voluntary Approaches to Environmental Protection: The Role of Legislative Threats; K. Segerson, T.J. Miceli. Environmental Industrial Regulation and the Private Codes Question; G. Mondello. The Influence of Information-Based Initiatives and Negotiated Environmental Agreements on Technological Chance; N. Ashford. A Dynamic Model of Environmental Policies: The Case of Innovation Oriented Voluntary Agreements; F. Aggeri, A. Hatchuel. Voluntary Agreements with Industry; M. Storey, G. Boyd, J. Dowd. Voluntary Agreements as a Substitute for Regulations and Economic Instruments: Lessons from the German Voluntary Agreements on CO2-reduction; E. Jochem, W. Eichhammer. Voluntary Approaches, the Environment and the Law: A Canadian Perspective; K. Webb, A. Morrison.

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