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

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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 the growing public environmental awareness.

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    Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 03-07.

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    Length: 27 pages
    Date of creation: 04 Jul 2003
    Date of revision: Jan 2005
    Publication status: Published: Revised version in Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 72, No. 1 (January 2005), pp. 269–286
    Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:03-07

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    Keywords: Public Persuasion; Lobbying; Political Advertising; Environmental Policy.;

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    Cited by:
    1. Lucian A. Bebchuk & Zvika Neeman, 2010. "Investor Protection and Interest Group Politics," NBER Chapters, in: Corporate Governance National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. 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.
    3. Maria Petrova, 2010. "Mass Media and Special Interest Groups," Working Papers w0144, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
    4. Louis Jaeck & Sehjeong Kim, 2014. "The Impact of EMU Enlargement on Structural Reforms: A Political Economy Approach," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 73-86, February.
    5. 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.

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