Environmental Policymaking

Assessing the Use of Alternative Policy Instruments

Edited by Michael T. Hatch

Subjects: Public Policy, Political Science, Environmental Studies
Paperback : 9780791463482, 276 pages, January 2006
Hardcover : 9780791463475, 276 pages, March 2005

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations

1. Assessing Environmental Policy Instruments: An Introduction
Michael T. Hatch

2. Environmental Labeling, Innovation and the Toolbox of Environmental Policy: Lessons Learned from the German Blue Angel Program
Edda Muller

3. Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Protection: Private Initiatives and Public Goods
Ronnie D. Lipschutz

4. The Role of ISO 14000 and the Greening of Japanese Industry
Eric Welch and Miranda A. Schreurs

5. Voluntary Agreements: Cornerstone or Fig-Leaf in German Climate Change Policy?
Michael T. Hatch

6. Ecological Tax Reform in Germany: Economic and Political Analysis of an Evolving Policy
Michael Kohlhaas and Bettina Meyer

7. Assessing the Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol: Implications of Joint Implementation and the Clean Development Mechanism for National Policy Instruments
Andreas Oberheitmann

8. The Costs and Benefits of Emissions Trading
Gary C. Bryner

9. Environmental Impact Statements: Gift Box or Black Box?
Walter A. Rosenbaum

10. Institutional and Technological Constraints on Environmental Instrument Choice: A Case Study of the U.S. Clean Air Act
Daniel H. Cole and Peter Z. Grossman

11. Conclusion
Michael T. Hatch



Case studies that assess the value of new approaches to environmental policymaking in the United States and abroad.


The methods employed in the pursuit of environmental protection are often highly contested, leading to alternative policy approaches. This book details the frequently neglected topic of these alternative approaches to environmental policymaking through case studies drawn primarily from the United States, Germany, and Japan. Among the policy instruments analyzed are eco-audits, voluntary agreements, tradable permits, green taxes, environmental impact assessments, and command and control regulations. Also examined are international regulatory arrangements to encourage sustainable forestry management practices. Various evaluative criteria are applied to each case study, including environmental effectiveness, economic and political efficiency, administrative efficacy, and technological innovation.

Michael T. Hatch is Professor of Political Science at the University of the Pacific and the author of Politics and Nuclear Power: Energy Policy in Western Europe.