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Rich DemocraciesPolitical Economy, Public Policy, and Performance$
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Harold Wilensky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231764.001.0001

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Types of Political Economy, Regulatory Regimes, and the Environment

Types of Political Economy, Regulatory Regimes, and the Environment

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(p.540) 15 Types of Political Economy, Regulatory Regimes, and the Environment
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Rich Democracies
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HAROLD L. WILENSKY

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0015

This chapter examines the national differences in reducing environmental threats in nineteenth rich democracies. The available data suggest that types of political economy and public policies are important in explaining national differences in air quality, occupational health and safety, nuclear energy development and safety, and rehabilitation of the handicapped but less important in explaining different rates of reduction in addiction to smoking. This chapter explains that for all these five areas of environmental threat and policy response, the story since the early 1970s has been the same.

Keywords:   environmental threats, rich democracies, political economy, public policies, air quality, occupational health and safety, nuclear energy, smoking, policy response

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