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Analyzing Economic Market Interactions as Conflicts: New Concepts to Assess Market-Based Policy Instruments

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  • Mason, Simon A.

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    (Center for Security Studies (CSS), Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, ETH Zentrum)

  • Muller, Adrian

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

Complementing market-based policy instruments with conflict analysis approaches provides a wider understanding of market situations and allows to identify minimal requirements regarding needs, power and conflict dynamics. If these are not met, a market cannot be successfully introduced or a liberalization process implemented. Conflict analysis offers a language better suited to the concerns of people negatively affected by new markets. Applying this language helps to counterbalance the predominance of economic concepts. This fosters mutual understanding and enhances the prospect for successful implementation of market-based policies. We illustrate the potential of conflict analysis with examples from water privatization and labeling.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 212.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 31 Aug 2006
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Publication status: Published in Ecological Economics, 2007, pages 81-90.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0212

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Keywords: market interactions; liberalization; privatization; labeling; conflict analysis; needs;

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  1. Perry, C. J. & Rock, M. & Seckler, D., 1997. "Water as an economic good: a solution, or a problem ?," IWMI Research Reports H021492, International Water Management Institute.
  2. Rothschild, Kurt W., 2002. "The absence of power in contemporary economic theory," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 433-442.
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