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Environmental Policy for Business by Martin Perry

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Chapter 2

Good Regulation

Chapter 1 argued that decoupling the level of economic activity from the level of environment impacts, an indicator of the transition to a sustainable economy, will require more than voluntary action and industry-based self-regulation. Smart regulation has been advocated as a way of helping to accelerate the uptake of sustainable business practices. The idea that regulation can be smart contrasts with the tendency to view regulation as something that inevitably imposes costs on individuals and firms, that to varying degrees impedes business start-up, investment, innovation, employment, and the incentive to grow a business.1 In the light of such concern, this chapter examines the main ways of designing regulation other ...

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