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Politics of Environmental Law: Political Ideology, Elitism or Urban-Rural Interests?

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  • Daniel Mizak

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This paper examines a number of demographic aspects in congressional districts and states that played important roles in a series of Congressional votes on environmental issues in 2000. These characteristics include urbanization or population density, education, income, race, and employment. Our findings are mixed. While we find some evidence (at least in Senate votes) that population density is a positive predictor of “pro-environment” votes, we also find that things commensurate with the Environmental Kuznets Curve such as income, education, and lifestyle also play an important role in environmental voting. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • William Anderson & Daniel Mizak, 2006. "Politics of Environmental Law: Political Ideology, Elitism or Urban-Rural Interests?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 129(1), pages 131-157, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:129:y:2006:i:1:p:131-157
    DOI: 10.1007/s11127-006-9018-z
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    1. Baumol,William J. & Oates,Wallace E., 1988. "The Theory of Environmental Policy," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521322249, March.
    2. Richard A. Posner, 1974. "Theories of Economic Regulation," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 5(2), pages 335-358, Autumn.
    3. Gary S. Becker, 1983. "A Theory of Competition Among Pressure Groups for Political Influence," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 98(3), pages 371-400.
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    1. Beatriz Cuadrado-Ballesteros & Noemí Mordán & Isabel-María García-Sánchez, 2014. "Is Local Financial Health Associated with Citizens’ Quality of Life?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 119(2), pages 559-580, November.

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