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Macro-Environmental Policy: Principles and Design: With Cases on Milk Packaging, Cadmium, Phosphorus & Nitrogen, and Energy and Global Warming

Series: Developments in Environmental Economics Volume: 3

By: G Huppes


Hardback | Dec 1993 | #30483 | ISBN: 0444816577
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The central theme of this book is how macro-environmental policy can be developed which does not prescribe or suggest specific technologies and products but realises the environmental quality desired by changing the general context. The publication is composed of four main parts. The framework for analysis and the normative principles for policy design and evaluation, (the first two parts) form the analytic core. The framework for analysis gives a classification of instruments in terms of permutations of a limited number of defining elements. The normative principles guide choices in instrument design and, as the flexible response strategy, guide their application in specific policies. Detailing two main new instruments - the standard method for LCA and the substance deposit - and applying the instrument strategy as developed to the cases make up the next two parts. Readers from different backgrounds might be interested in different sections. Social scientists and policy scientists might concentrate on the framework, while those engaged in the theory of policy development and policy analysis, including strategic analysis, might find items of prime interest in the part on principles. Those interested in specific environmental problems may find particular value in the extensive case studies.


Part 1 General introduction: introduction to macro-environmental policy; a reader's guide. Part 2 Framework - a general framework for analysis: introduction to the general framework; models for policy instruments - systems and interfaces; the material interface between society and environment - aggregating individual interferences; the symbolic interface between government and society - instrument mechanisms; conclusions on the general framework. Part 3 Principles - principles and strategy for policy design: introduction to principles and strategy; principle-guided choice; principles for environmental policy instruments; design strategy - the flexible response; conclusions on principles and strategy. Part 4 Instrument design - detailed design of macro instruments: introduction to two macro instruments; standard methodology for life cycle analysis; substance flow analysis and substance deposit; conclusions on the detailed design of macro instruments. Part 5 Cases - application of the flexible response strategy in four cases: introduction to the cases; the use of LCA in marketing - milk packaging; regulating substances - the case of cadmium; regulating substances - the case of nitrogen and phosphorus; energy depletion and global warming; appendices - environmental taxes on energy, options, long-term production possibilities for energy, flows of carbon through the economy, conclusions on the cases. Part 6 Summary and conclusions: macro instruments and macro policy design; what has been produced; applications; broader applicability; prospects for macro-environmental policy.

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