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Theories of Institutional Design : Environmental Dilemmas and Policy Design - Huib Pellikaan

Theories of Institutional Design

Environmental Dilemmas and Policy Design

Hardcover Published: 16th September 2002
ISBN: 9780521621564
Number Of Pages: 262

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According to the logic of collective action, mere awareness of the causes of environmental degradation will not motivate rational agents to reduce pollution. Yet some government policies aim to enlist citizens in schemes of voluntary cooperation, drawing on an ethos of collective responsibility. Are such policies doomed to failure? This book provides a novel application of rational choice theory to a large-scale survey of environmental attitudes in The Netherlands. Its main findings are that rational citizens are motivated to cooperate towards a less polluted environment to a large extent, but that their willingness to assume responsibility depends on the social context of the collective action problem they face. This empirical study is an important volume in the development of a more consistent foundation for rational choice theory in policy analysis, which seeks to clarify major theoretical issues concerning the role of moral commitment, self-interest and reciprocity in environmental behaviour.

'This is social science at its best. Instead of taking casual looks at very important concepts, they have teased apart an important foundation of modern social science theory, and developed a large data set that enables them to examine piece by piece this important concept. What a gem!' Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University 'This is an excellent book that makes a genuinely significant contribution to social science methodology and environmental policy. It is extremely clearly written and surprisingly accessible to the non-specialist.' Derek R. Bell, Newcastle University '... this is an important case study in the responsiveness of public opinion to environmental information campaigns.' Acta Politica '... a detailed and thought-provoking read.' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Environmental pollution as a problem of collective action
Can something be done?
Environmental dilemmas and the logic of collective action
Surveying environmental dilemmas from the actor's perspective: rational choice
How motives speak to preferences
Non-equivalent dilemmas and reported behaviour
Policies of self regulation in the Netherlands
Moral commitment in environmental dilemmas: conditional or unconditional?
Determinants of cooperation in environmental dilemmas and policy design
A Dutch approach: self regulation as a policy concept
Dutch environmental policy and the idea of self regulation
The social instruments
An environmental ethos and the social dilemma
Self regulation: compliance-oriented or virtue-based?
The actor's perspective on collective action
The subjectivity of the actor in rational choice theory
Problems of collective action
Social dilemmas
The actor's perspective
The Survey
Preference orderings and measurement
Three potential social dilemmas
Measuring preference orderings
Three different environmental problems
Avoiding response effects
Rational choice
Conditions of rational choice
The dominance rule of rational choice
Choice of strategy
The robustness of the dominance rule
Consistency of motives and preferences
A model of reasoned choice
The motives of Valuation and Willingness
The test of consistent preferences
Consistent preferences in the three cases
Does motive-preference consistency matter?
The non-equivalence of the cases
Hard and easy cases of the dilemma
The model of the hardest case
The scalability of the cases
Reported behaviour
Determinants of behaviour
The sociocultural model
An alternative model
From motives to behaviour
Conclusions: Theory and Policy
Do people accept self regulation policy?
Introduction to Part III
Acceptance and agreement
The acceptance of legal regulation and self regulation
Do people agree with the environmental ethos?
The two stages of the environmental ethos
Knaves, pawns or knights?
The ethical interpretation of motives and preferences
The agreement response
Acceptance and agreement: overview
Moral commitment and rational cooperation
Ranking preference orderings
The meta-ranking approach
Enlightened self-interest and moral commitment
Consistent preferences in the meta-ranking
An environmental meta-ranking
Reciprocity and cooperation in environmental dilemmas
The puzzle of unconditional cooperation
The reciprocity thesis
Cost of cooperation and conditionalities in environmental dilemmas
Assessing self regulation policies
The context of environmental dilemmas
Consistent ethical cooperation
Background features of hard and easy cases
Mapping problems and the salience of the environmental ethos
Individual cost and collective gain
Comparing motives in the polar cases
The dimension of private significance
Self regulation policy: symbolic or real?
A non-moralistic approach to environmental responsibility
Self regulation in proportion to facilitation
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ISBN: 9780521621564
ISBN-10: 0521621569
Series: Theories of Institutional Design
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 16th September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56