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

Toshihide Arimura, Shinji Kaneko, Shunsuke Managi, Takayoshi Shinkuma, Masashi Yamamoto, Yuichiro Yoshida

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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.

元の言語English
ページ(範囲)41-53
ページ数13
ジャーナルEconomic Analysis and Policy
64
DOI
出版物ステータスPublished - 2019 12 1

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Environmental policy
Japan
Political economy
Voluntary approach
Stakeholders
Government
Threat
Developed countries

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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Political economy of voluntary approaches : A lesson from environmental policies in Japan. / Arimura, Toshihide; Kaneko, Shinji; Managi, Shunsuke; Shinkuma, Takayoshi; Yamamoto, Masashi; Yoshida, Yuichiro.

:: Economic Analysis and Policy, 巻 64, 01.12.2019, p. 41-53.

研究成果: Article

Arimura, Toshihide ; Kaneko, Shinji ; Managi, Shunsuke ; Shinkuma, Takayoshi ; Yamamoto, Masashi ; Yoshida, Yuichiro. / Political economy of voluntary approaches : A lesson from environmental policies in Japan. :: Economic Analysis and Policy. 2019 ; 巻 64. pp. 41-53.
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