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Investigating the influence of social costs and benefits of environmental policies through social capital theory

Jones, Nikoleta (2010). Investigating the influence of social costs and benefits of environmental policies through social capital theory. Policy Sciences, 43(3) pp. 229–244.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-009-9107-1
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Abstract

The level of effectiveness of an environmental policy depends to a significant degree on the level of acceptance and cooperation of citizens. The relevant literature indicates that social capital may significantly influence environmentally responsible behaviour connected with the implementation of an environmental policy. In this context, the present article aims to further explore this field by introducing the issue of non-economic social costs and benefits imposed from environmental policies. In particular, it is supported, both theoretically and empirically, that social costs and benefits may influence the decision of individuals to cooperate and comply with an environmental policy and thus may be a significant indicator for environmental behaviour. Furthermore, these social costs and benefits may differ among individuals and are influenced by social capital elements. Consequently, through the article the need of exploring social capital prior to environmental policy implementation is underlined along with the need of creating social capital assessment techniques.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
ISSN: 1573-0891
Keywords: environmental policy; social capital; social costs; social benefits
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 38441
Depositing User: Nikoleta Jones
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 09:20
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38441
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