Why do policy decision-makers opt for command and control environmental regulation? An economic analysis with special reference to Sri Lanka

Wilson, C., Jayamanna , M, & Athukorala, W. (2012) Why do policy decision-makers opt for command and control environmental regulation? An economic analysis with special reference to Sri Lanka. In Kelegama, S. & Gunewardena, D. (Eds.) Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka,. Vijitha Yapa Publishers, Sri Lanka, Colombo.

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Abstract

This chapter examines why policy decision-makers opt for command and control environmental regulation despite the availability of a plethora of market-based instruments which are more efficient and cost-effective. Interestingly, Sri Lanka has adopted a wholly command and control system, during both the pre and post liberalisation economic policies. This chapter first examines the merits and demerits of command and control and market-based approaches and then looks at Sri Lanka’s extensive environmental regulatory framework. The chapter then examines the likely reasons as to why the country has gone down the path of inflexible regulatory measures and has become entrenched in them. The various hypotheses are discussed and empirical evidence is provided. The chapter also discusses the consequences of an environmentally slack economy and policy implications stemming from adopting a wholly regulatory approach. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the main results.

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ID Code: 55342
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9789556651515
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 03:35
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