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Environmental policy in transition economies: will pollution charges work?
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-7043
2001 (English)In: Journal of Environment and Development, ISSN 1070-4965, E-ISSN 1552-5465, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 365-390Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many economists & analysts claim that extended use of pollution charges in environmental policy will have substantial efficiency advantages in transition economies. This article challenges this view & argues instead that the proposed policy presumes the existence of an already-functioning institutional framework. By focusing on the Russian case, the article discusses a number of reasons why it is difficult to implement pollution charges in an economic system in which Communist behavioral patterns & jurisdictions are still prevalent. The article identifies a number of institutional obstacles related both to enterprise behavior & to environmental regulation & enforcement. These obstacles suggest that it is appropriate to view environmental problems in transition economies primarily as the results of institutional inertia in the economic & political systems. The article ends by discussing alternative ways of controlling pollution in Russia & stresses the importance of improving the legitimacy & basic trust for environmental legislation.

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2001. Vol. 10, no 4, p. 365-390
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5843Local ID: 40714920-b6ba-11db-abff-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-5843DiVA, id: diva2:978719
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Validerad; 2001; 20070207 (keni)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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