Party Discipline and Environmental Policy: The Role of 'Smoke-Filled Back Rooms'

25 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2010

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Per G. Fredriksson

University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics; Institute for Corruption Studies

Jim R. Wollscheid

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Date Written: 2009-10

Abstract

We adopt the view that greater party discipline induces legislators to commit to promised policies after being elected. We then develop the hypothesis that the effect of party discipline on the stringency of environmental policy is conditional on the degree of government corruption. Our empirical work suggests that greater party discipline results in more stringent environmental policies when the level of corruption is relatively low, but in weaker policies when the level of corruption is comparatively high.

Suggested Citation

Fredriksson, Per G. and Wollscheid, Jim R., Party Discipline and Environmental Policy: The Role of 'Smoke-Filled Back Rooms' (2009-10). Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 112, Issue 3, pp. 489-513, September 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2010.01618.x

Per G. Fredriksson (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Louisville, KY 40292
United States

Institute for Corruption Studies

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Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

Jim R. Wollscheid

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith ( email )

5210 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 3649
Forth Smith, AR 72913-3649
United States

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