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International Environmental Agreements and Strategic Voting

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  • Wolfgang Buchholz
  • Alexander Haupt
  • Wolfgang Peters

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This paper explores the outcome of an international environmental agreement when the governments are elected by their citizens. It also considers a voter's incentives for supporting candidates who are less green than she is. In the extreme case of "global" pollution, the elected politicians pay no attention to the environment, and the resulting international agreement is totally ineffective. Moreover, if governments cannot negotiate and have to decide non-cooperatively (and voters are aware of this), the elected politicians can be greener, ecological damage can be lower and the median voter's payoff can be higher than in the case with bargaining. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics", 2005 .

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  • Wolfgang Buchholz & Alexander Haupt & Wolfgang Peters, 2005. "International Environmental Agreements and Strategic Voting," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 107(1), pages 175-195, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:107:y:2005:i:1:p:175-195
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