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State and EnvironmentThe Comparative Study of Environmental Governance$
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Andreas Duit

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027120.001.0001

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Early Bird or Copycat, Leader or Laggard? A Comparison of Cross-National Patterns of Environmental Policy Change

Early Bird or Copycat, Leader or Laggard? A Comparison of Cross-National Patterns of Environmental Policy Change

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(p.149) 6 Early Bird or Copycat, Leader or Laggard? A Comparison of Cross-National Patterns of Environmental Policy Change
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State and Environment
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Thomas Sommerer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027120.003.0006

This chapter compares cross-national patterns of environmental policy change in advanced industrialized countries from 1970 to 2005. More specifically, it examines dominant patterns in the regulation of environmental protection measures in twenty-four OECD countries by focusing on six dimensions of regulatory change of environmental standards: the timing, frequency, and direction of change, the regulatory level of environmental standards, and the sequence and the similarity of policies. The results of the empirical analysis reveal major trends in environmental regulation across the twenty-four countries and provides evidence for the empirical relevance of specific types of environmental policy change, like upward and downward shifts, convergence and divergence, first-movers, and parallel change. The empirical analysis also reveals an interesting pattern of cross-country differences in environmental politics.

Keywords:   environmental policy change, industrialized countries, environmental protection, OECD countries, regulatory change, environmental standards, environmental regulation, environmental politics

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