Resource and Environmental Policy as “Late-comer Public Policy”: Ideas and Social Consensus in Policy Formation Process
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As “late-comer public policies,” resource and environmental policies had to form relevant government organizations and institutions in the presence of already existing public policies, such as industrial and public health policies. As many environmental problems had existed in the past and then changed their forms and become apparent as social problems, they were already addressed in existing public policies. The formation process of resource and environmental policies needs to be analyzed from a long-term perspective because it tends not only to be influenced by other policies, but also to be path-dependent due to the order of relevant historical events and long-term historical trends. This book is a product of the research group on “causal relationships and social agreement in the process of environmental and resource policy formation”, which conducted research in 2020 and 2021. At the Institute of Developing Economies, research groups of almost the same members have conducted collaborative research projects since 2010, sharing a common perspective of "late-comer public policy." Their results have been published in five publications (IDE Research Series No. 605 (2013), IDE Research Series No. 614 (2015), IDE Research Series No. 638 (2019), the EPUB and on-demand publication (2021), and the English publication from Edward Elgar Publishing (2021)). This book is the sixth and final publication. In comparison with the previous five publications, this book is characterized by analyses that take into account factors of “ideas”, in addition to “interests” and “institutions”, in the policy formation process, and by examination of discussions on the “authoritarian environmentalism”. The Introduction contains further details.
Introduction Causal Relationships and Social Agreement in the Formation Process of Environmental Policy as “Late-comer Public Policy”
Chapter 1 Conflict and Cooperation in Cross-Border Water Resource Management in the Mekong Basin: The Politics Surrounding Scientific Causal Relationships of the 2019 Drought
Chapter 2 The Formation Process of “Environmental Policy” in Taiwan under an Authoritarian Regime: A Shift in Focus from Environmental Health to Environmental Protection
Chapter 3 Understanding Natural Resources and the Environment from Three Perspectives: The Subject, Object, and Medium
Chapter 4 Tracing Back the History of the Property Rights Respect Clauses: From the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act of 1950 to the Nature Parks Act of 1957
Chapter 5 Environmental Measures Related to Automobiles and Job Losses: A Comparison between the Automobile Emissions Regulations in the 1970s and the Shift to Electric Vehicles in the 2020s