Evolving power and environmental policy: Explaining institutional change with group selection

K.E. Safarzynska, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh

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Abstract

This paper presents a theory of institutional change that builds upon a synthesis of theoretical insights from the literatures on group selection and socio-economic power. Based on a critical reading of relevant studies in sociology, political science and philosophy, we propose a taxonomy of power comprising different sources and mechanisms of exercising power. We discuss how these can be incorporated in a group selection framework to explain the evolution of environmental institutions and policies. This may improve our understanding of the feasibility, effectiveness and dynamics of the latter. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-752
JournalEcological Economics
Volume69
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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