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Market-based Instruments for Environmental Management

Politics and Institutions Edited by Mikael Skou Andersen, Professor of Environmental Policy Analysis, Aarhus University, Denmark and Rolf-Ulrich Sprenger, formerly Director of the Environmental and Resource Economics Department, IFO Institute for Economic Research, Munich, Germany
Market-based instruments are becoming the environmental management tool of choice and have provided a new perspective on the conventional wisdom about policy instruments. This book analyses the complexities of designing and implementing market-based instruments using case study experiences from the Nordic countries, Japan, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Britain, where a range of green taxes have been introduced.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $165.00 Web: $148.50
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 978 1 84064 039 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Management Natural Resources
Market-based instruments are becoming the environmental management tool of choice and have provided a new perspective on the conventional wisdom about policy instruments. This book analyses the complexities of designing and implementing market-based instruments using case study experiences from the Nordic countries, Japan, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Britain, where a range of green taxes have been introduced.

The contributors examine the role of political processes in designing, introducing and implementing green taxes and charges and analyse the extent to which political concerns complicate the approach favoured by environmental economists. The authors then focus on the implementation of market-based instruments to achieve environmental objectives and offer an ex-post evaluation of different countries’ experiences with economic instruments.

This volume brings together contributions from political scientists and environmental economists and will prove invaluable for academics, practitioners and policymakers interested in the experiences of countries where market-based instruments are well established.
‘. . . the volume does provide the European perspective and frame of reference on environmental emissions trading of some value.’
– Peter Fusaro, The Journal of Energy and Development

‘Another in an important series of books contributing to the development of policies to combat environmental problems.’
– Aslib Book Guide
Contributors: M.S. Andersen, B. Barraqué, S. Brendstrup, H.T.A. Bressers, C. Daugbjerg, M. Enevoldsen, O. Godard, D. Hogg, D. Huitema, M. Jänicke, Y. Matsuno, R.-U. Sprenger, K. Ueta, A. Vatn
Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction 1. Market-based Instruments in Environmental Policies Part II: Politics and Institutions 2. Designing and Introducing Green Taxes 3. Environmental Innovations from the Standpoint of Policy Analysis 4. What the Doctor Should Know Part III: MBIs in the Policy Process 5. Dialogue and Economic Efficiency 6. Efficiency and Fairness 7. Explaining why the Swedes but not the Danes Tax Fertilizers 8. Considering Feasibility and Efficiency Part IV: Implementation Problems of MBIs 9. The Limitations of Economic Instruments as Stimuli for Technical Change, Technological Change and Innovation 10. A Socio-economic Evaluation of the SOx Charge in Japan 11. Assessing the Efficiency of Economic Instruments 12. The Danish Waste Tax Index