International Comparisons in Implementing Pollution Laws

  • Paul B. Downing
  • Kenneth Hanf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: A Perspective for the Study of Regulatory Enforcement

  3. Detailed Studies of the United States

  4. Detailed Studies of One Country

  5. Studies comparing Implementation Practice

  6. Enforcement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Paul B. Downing, James N. Kimball
      Pages 249-263
  7. Modeling the Environmental Policy Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Paul B. Downing, Kenneth Hanf
      Pages 318-334
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 335-341

About this book


This book is the culmination of a process that started in the summer of 1979. One of the editors was invited to work with several members of the International Institute for Environment and Society. These researchers were in the early stages of a rather ambitious project designed to study differences in the implementation of pollution control laws among European countries. Our discussions soon revealed that there was much to be learned by the sharing of our research findings in the United States and Europe. Discussions among the researchers at lIES suggested that we expected there to be wide cultural and institutional differences among countries and, therefore, significant differences in the operation and effectiveness of control efforts in different countries. It has been argued al­ most universally that differences in institutional form will lead to differences in pollution control outcomes. By comparing implementation in various countries, we could observe the ef­ fects of institutional differences. The lIES project was only one study of the implementation process. Perhaps by analyzing the results of various studies by various authors and for a wide variety of countries and situations, more could be learned. The conference idea was born. The idea culminated in two conferences. The first confer­ ence was sponsored by the Policy Sciences Program at Florida State University and was held in Tallahassee, Florida, March 6-7, 1981. The second conference was sponsored by the lIES and was held in Berlin, Germany, October 1-3, 1981.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul B. Downing
    • 1
  • Kenneth Hanf
    • 2
  1. 1.Policy Sciences ProgramFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Faculteit der Sociale WetenschappenErasmus Universiteit RotterdamDr. RotterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-1929-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1927-8
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