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Environmental Protection: A Theory of Direct and Indirect Competition for Political Influence

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  • Zhihao Yu
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    How is it that environmental groups can have a strong impact on environmental policy but without much lobbying? This paper develops a model of "direct" (lobbying the government) and "indirect" (persuading the public) competition for political influence and finds that they are complementary. However, an increase in the effectiveness of public persuasion, or a rise of public environmental awareness, induces substitution between the two. The findings establish that the empirical phenomenon of lack of political contribution from environmental groups may not be related to financial constraints, but to their greater effectiveness in public persuasion and growing public environmental awareness. Copyright 2005, Wiley-Blackwell.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal The Review of Economic Studies.

    Volume (Year): 72 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 269-286

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:restud:v:72:y:2005:i:1:p:269-286

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    Cited by:
    1. Lucian A. Bebchuk & Zvika Neeman, 2007. "Investor Protection and Interest Group Politics," NBER Working Papers 13702, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Timothy Laing & Charles Palmer, 2013. "Economy-wide impacts of REDD when there is political influence," Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Papers 110, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
    3. Thomas P. Lyon & John W. Maxwell, 2008. "Corporate Social Responsibility and the Environment: A Theoretical Perspective," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 2(2), pages 240-260, Summer.
    4. Petrova, Maria, 2012. "Mass media and special interest groups," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 84(1), pages 17-38.
    5. Kiuila, O. & Rutherford, T.F., 2013. "Piecewise smooth approximation of bottom–up abatement cost curves," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 734-742.

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