Political economy of voluntary approaches: A lesson from environmental policies in Japan

Toshi H. Arimura, Shinji Kaneko, Shunsuke Managi, Takayoshi Shinkuma, Masashi Yamamoto*, Yuichiro Yoshida

*この研究の対応する著者

研究成果: Article査読

21 被引用数 (Scopus)

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In this paper, we attempt to identify the reasons behind the differences in environmental policy between Japan and other developed countries, particularly the US. Japan's environmental policy is unique in that voluntary approaches have been taken to reduce total emissions. This strategy is quite different from the traditional approach of heavy-handed regulation. In Japan, voluntary approaches are conducted through negotiations with polluters. The idea behind this type of voluntary approaches is that the government can induce polluters to abate emissions voluntarily by using light-handed regulations and the threat of heavy-handed regulations. The light-handed regulation is quite effective especially when it is costly to introduce heavy-handed regulations, although the negotiations are difficult to conduct when the number of stakeholders is large. To strengthen our analysis, we provide some examples of Japanese environmental policies which are successful and the ones that are not.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)41-53
ページ数13
ジャーナルEconomic Analysis and Policy
64
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2019 12月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 経済学、計量経済学
  • 経済学、計量経済学および金融学(その他)

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