Business and Environmental Politics in Canada
Business and Environmental Politics in Canada examines the way in which industries and firms work to influence the regulatory standards intended to improve their environmental performance. Filling an important gap in the environmental policy literature, this is the first book-length treatment of the subject in Canada. A review is provided of political action taken since the 1960s by the large firms which have found themselves at the centre of the hot-button issues of the day—water pollution, refillable pop bottles, acid rain, chemicals, smog and climate change. Three questions focus the analysis. What determines the political objective of the regulated firm? What strategies do the large firms use to influence environmental policy? And, finally, how powerful is business in the arena of environmental politics—to what extent is Canadian environmental policy shaped by business lobbying?
This book will be of interest to scholars, environmental professionals, and all those concerned about the degree to which environmental standards are determined by the regulated industries themselves.
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- Page Count: 224 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
Macdonald's study of business-government relations addresses an important gap in the Canadian environmental policy literature. The historical case studies offer a nuanced picture of the diverse interests and strategies of the Canadian business community that challenges the current enthusiasm for 'corporate social responsibility.
Kathryn Harrison, University of British Columbia
This is an important and probing analysis and is without doubt the definitive book on business and environmental politics and policy in Canada.
G. Bruce Doern, School of Public Policy and Administration
The challenge in this type of work is to weave together the theory and the facts of the cases in both an enlightening and interesting way. Doug Macdonald succeeds in meeting this challenge in this ‘must’ book for anyone interested in environmental policy in Canada; those interested in business-government relations generally will also find much food for thought.
Jean Mercier, Universite Laval
Author InformationDouglas Macdonald is a senior lecturer emeritus at the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
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Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: The Current State of Understanding
Chapter Three: Establishing the Regulatory System, 1956-1980
Chapter Four: Increasing Regulatory Pressure, 1980-1993
Chapter Five: Relaxing Regulatory Pressure, 1993-2000
Chapter Six: Business and Environmental Politics
PrizesDonald Smiley Prize awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association - Winner in 2008
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