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Rethinking Voluntary Approaches in Environmental Policy

Rory Sullivan, The University of Leeds, UK
The book systematically analyses three initiatives (environmental management systems, the Australian Greenhouse Challenge and the Australian mining industry’s Code for Environmental Management) and their contribution to public environmental policy. By moving the debate away from narrow considerations of economic efficiency towards a broader framework that accounts for the multiple goals to which environmental policy needs to be directed, this book significantly enhances our understanding of the role that voluntary approaches can play in achieving environmental policy goals.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: $129.00 Web: $116.10
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84542 210 3
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  • Business and Management
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Environmental Management
Voluntary approaches, such as corporate codes of conduct, have been widely advocated as alternatives to traditional approaches to environmental regulation. Yet concern remains that companies cannot be trusted to police themselves and that many of the putative advantages of self regulation, such as reduced cost and increased flexibility, have not been realised in practice.

The book systematically analyses three initiatives (environmental management systems, the Australian Greenhouse Challenge and the Australian mining industry’s Code for Environmental Management) and their contribution to public environmental policy. By moving the debate away from narrow considerations of economic efficiency towards a broader framework that accounts for the multiple goals to which environmental policy needs to be directed, this book significantly enhances our understanding of the role that voluntary approaches can play in achieving environmental policy goals.

The book is required reading for all those concerned with the design and implementation of modern environmental policy.
‘Appealing to a wide audience. . . this book makes a worthwhile contribution to the environmental politics literature.’
– Darren McCauley, Environmental Politics
Contents: Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction 2. Evaluating Environmental Policy Instruments Part II: Literature Review 3. Environmental Policy Instruments Part III: Voluntary Approaches in Australia 4. The Australian Environmental Policy Context 5. Environmental Management Systems 6. The Australian Greenhouse Challenge 7. The Australian Minerals Industry Code for Environmental Management Part IV: Synthesis and Analysis 8. Discussion Bibliography Index