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Special Interests and Comparative State Policy: An Analysis of Environmental Quality Expenditures

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  • Timothy J. Stanton

    (Mount Saint Mary's College)

  • John C. Whitehead

    (East Carolina University)

Abstract

Increased federal environmental regulation during the 1970s had major effects on the political markets of state environmental quality. We test several theories in the literature on comparative state policy for the time period beginning with the National Environmental Policy Act and ending with the federal deregulatory period (1980). We find that special interests, wealth, and intergovernmental relations theories are primary determinants of state air quality expenditures. Intergovernmental relations, wealth, and ideology are primary determinants of state water quality expenditures.

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  • Timothy J. Stanton & John C. Whitehead, 1994. "Special Interests and Comparative State Policy: An Analysis of Environmental Quality Expenditures," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 20(4), pages 441-452, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:20:y:1994:i:4:p:441-452
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    Keywords

    Air Quality; Regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q21 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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