Markets, the State and the Environment

Towards Integration

  • Robyn Eckersley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Robyn Eckersley
      Pages 1-4
  3. Anchoring the Debate

  4. Market-based Instruments versus Regulation

  5. New Environmental Policy Instruments in Practice

  6. Competition and Environmental Performance

  7. Environmental Compliance, Justice and Democracy

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 309-316

About this book


Markets, the State and the Environment provides an introduction and interdisciplinary, critical overview of the case for a more market-based approach to environmental policy, taking stock of the key theoretical debates and a selection of recent policy developments in Europe, the US and Australia. The anthology compares and evaluates a wide range of market-based policy instruments (including taxes, charges and tradeable permits, privatisation and the encouragement of self-regulation) against the experience of the traditional regulatory approach in relation to the criteria of environmental effectiveness, efficiency, democratic participation, and social equity. The debate about environmental policy tools is also located in the context of the changing relationship between the state and the market in an increasingly interdependent world.


democracy desegregation environment environmental economics environmental policy participation Policy sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Robyn Eckersley
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of GovernmentMonash UniversityAustralia

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