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: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-009-9107-1

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.

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