The Politics of Pollution: Party Regimes and Air Quality in Canada

17 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Ross McKitrick

University of Guelph - Department of Economics

Abstract

Environmental concerns often figure prominently in opinion polls. But do election outcomes actually affect the environment? I test the influence of the party in power on urban air pollution in 13 Canadian cities. The government's political stripe is not reliably associated with positive or negative effects on air pollution. Provincial parties on both the right and the left are associated with elevated levels of some air contaminants. Federal effects also go in contrasting directions. Overall it appears a change in government is unlikely to be a reliable predictor of changes in air pollution.

Suggested Citation

McKitrick, Ross, The Politics of Pollution: Party Regimes and Air Quality in Canada. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 604-620, May 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=899649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0008-4085.2006.00362.x

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