Lobbyists and Policy Adoption: The Case of the Aarhus Convention

34 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011

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Benjamin Y. Clark

University of Oregon - School of Planning, Public Policy & Management; University of Oregon - Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Date Written: April 20, 2010

Abstract

Previous studies of international environmental treaty ratification show that corruption and lobbyists to be influential in the ratification process. Using the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters as the focus, this article demonstrates that interaction of corrupt governments and increasing numbers of lobbyists hasten the ratification of the Aarhus Convention. It also demonstrates that past participation in environmental treaties, as well as government effectiveness (a measure of bureaucratic competence and public service delivery quality), both have negative influences on the ratification of the Aarhus Convention.

Keywords: Environment, International Treaty, Comparative, Aarhus Treaty, Government Transparency

JEL Classification: C41, O19, P5, K33

Suggested Citation

Clark, Benjamin Y., Lobbyists and Policy Adoption: The Case of the Aarhus Convention (April 20, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1868246 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1868246

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University of Oregon - School of Planning, Public Policy & Management ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States

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University of Oregon - Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact ( email )

Eugene, OR
United States

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