Are consensus democracies more environmentally effective?

Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger

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Are consensus democracies more likely to enact environmentally friendly policies than majoritarian democracies? The relationship between democratic type and environmental effectiveness is more complex than previously assumed. What matters are not only institutions but also the nature of the policy issues, the types of institutions and veto players in the system. Four measures of effectiveness emerged from the data: mundane environmentalism; environmental taxation; conservation; and nuclear energy production. Environmental effectiveness in democratic systems differs depending upon which measure of effectiveness is examined and whether or not one looks at representational or organisational aspects of democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-430
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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