By Kerry Turner, Hans Opschoor (auth.), Professor Dr. Hans Opschoor, Kerry Turner (eds.)
This ebook incorporates a choice of papers on financial incentives and environmental rules which consequence from the authors' joint examine paintings within the application `Environment, technological know-how and Society', performed less than the auspices of the ecu technology origin, with whose cooperation the booklet has been released.
The paintings concentrates at the clinical and methodological elements of the advance, implementation and evaluate of monetary tools at a countrywide point. The examine is either theoretical and empirical.
- At a theoretical point awareness is given to the dynamics of software selection in a number of political and fiscal contexts, and to the ability for comparing monetary tools by way of their effectiveness and potency.
- At an empirical point the examine seeks to enquire the functionality of financial tools in truth and to discover suggestions for brand new ways at the interface among know-how, financial system and the surroundings. a subject matter index enhances this primary quantity within the ESF `Environment, technology and Society' series.
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This characteristic is largely responsible for competence issues between government ministries and departments mutually, and between the different policy levels within a country. Notwithstanding these highly complicating factors, it is argued here that the implementation problems and instrument crisis of environmental policy has more to do with the phenomenon that environmental policy is increasingly becoming an ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FAILURES 43 integral part of economic and industrial policy. Especially in smaller countries like the Netherlands, the traditional instruments of economic and industrial policy have lost importance (Zalm, 1990).
This too is an important policy issue: there may be no-regret arguments cancelling out some of the adverse economic effects. , European) approach in terms of longer term competitive innovation. Hence a regional approach (with perhaps some protection at the common border) might in the long run be an economic advantage. Again the issue is so policy relevant and the information so deficient or contradictory, that further environmental economic research work is required. Conrad and Schroeder's study takes the ESF project several steps further in the ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY 27 direction of more appropriate analytical tools capable of handling such indirect economic repercussions as discussed by Piacentino.
Hence, the voluntary greening ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FAILURES 47 of industry is a well-understood, anticipating and proactive strategy to guarantee a firm's long-term continuity. There are also firms that try to create a new competitive edge with environmentally-sound products, anticipating a further greening of consumer preferences. However positive these initiatives might be, they make clear above all that firms try to get rid of the costly and time-consuming government interventions by keeping ahead and solving their environmental problems in their own, more efficient way.