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Environmental Policy for Business by Martin Perry

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Chapter 1

Environmental Policy: Government and Business Agendas

In the broadest sense, policy can be thought of as the set of principles and intentions used to guide decision making.1 This is a useful interpretation as it draws attention to the way people as well as organizations make policy-informed decisions and how policy exists when action is not taken as well as when positive decisions to change behavior are taken. Nonetheless, this book focuses on perhaps a more generally understood interpretation of policy: initiatives designed by government agencies intending to achieve specific ends through efforts enshrined in public policy programs. These deliberate efforts are by and large responses to issues that are deemed sufficiently serious to ...

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