The Domestic Preconditions for International Policy Diffusion: The Case of Environmental Ministries

51 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2010

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Michaël Aklin

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Johannes Urpelainen

Johns Hopkins SAIS

Date Written: July 19, 2010

Abstract

Given the rapid growth of resource consumption and pollution in the developing world, the importance of environmental governance in the global South has increased in recent years. In this article, we examine the global spread of environmental ministries. We argue that developing countries have strong incentives to establish environmental ministries when they (i) are undergoing a democratic transition and (ii) the international salience of environmental problems is high. We test this interactive theory against a new dataset on environmental ministries, 1970-2010, and find strong support to it. Our theoretical and empirical analysis illuminates the evolution of national capabilities for environmental governance in an era of unprecedented global environmental destruction. In a major departure from previous research, we also show that the interaction of domestic and environmental factors is fundamentally important for understanding international policy diffusion.

Keywords: Environmental, Democratization, Policy Diffusion, National Institutions, Survival Models

JEL Classification: Q2, H41

Suggested Citation

Aklin, Michaël and Urpelainen, Johannes, The Domestic Preconditions for International Policy Diffusion: The Case of Environmental Ministries (July 19, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1647621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1647621

Michaël Aklin

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Johannes Urpelainen (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins SAIS ( email )

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Washington, DC 20036-1984
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