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The political economy of environmental movements: US experience and global movements


  • Michael D. Everett
  • Robert Peplies


In 1972 a public choice model predicted that the incipient environmental movement in the United States would grow but encounter overwhelming industrial opposition. Twenty years later we find the model overstated this opposition. Environmental pressure groups were able to pass substantial legislation, resist counter forces, and reduce most targeted pollutants. A revised public choice model predicts that the success of the present global environmental movement depends on (1) information flows between scientists and the public on the potential costs of deterioration, and (2) means for reducing the costs of regulation such as relying more on market incentives.

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  • Michael D. Everett & Robert Peplies, 1992. "The political economy of environmental movements: US experience and global movements," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 1(4), pages 297-310, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev1:ev118

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    environment; politics; environmental movements; public choice models;

    JEL classification:

    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation


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