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Business and Public Policy
Responses to Environmental and Social Protection Processes

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Part of Business, Value Creation, and Society

  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897815

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  • It is increasingly common for businesses to face public policies and government regulation that demand some form of environmental or social protection. These protective public policies have grown in number, complexity, and stringency over the last few decades, not only in industrialized countries but also in the developing world. In this book, Jorge Rivera presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between protective public policies and business compliance. This framework explains different levels of business compliance in terms of three different factors: the link between the stages of protective public policies and different levels of business resistance, the effect of country context, and the effect of firm-level characteristics. The second part of the book supports and elaborates on this framework by presenting empirical studies that examine two voluntary environmental programs: the US ski industry's Sustainable Slopes Program and the Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica.

    • Enables readers to understand corporate political activity not only in the USA and Europe but also in emerging market countries
    • Provides a new theoretical framework showing how country context and firm-level characteristics affect business responses to public policy
    • Includes empirical work combining rigorous econometric analysis and in-depth case studies of voluntary environmental certification programs in both Costa Rica and the USA
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Jorge Rivera offers an ambitious and welcome contribution to the literature on corporate environmentalism. Where most academic work in this area focuses on industrialized nations, Rivera’s book shifts the lens towards the developing world. He provides careful analysis with both breadth – how variations in specific country characteristics moderate corporate response to public policies – and depth – how firm level characteristics vary the type of response. Further, he blends theoretically grounded analysis in institutional theory and policy science with careful empirical analysis of voluntary corporate programs in the US and Costa Rica. The result is a thorough and rigorous piece of work that should be of interest to scholars in this rapidly growing domain of study.”
    Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, The University of Michigan

    “For anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of how and why firms the world over have softened their opposition to environmental regulatory demands and adopted more conciliatory stands, this book is a must. It is not just about how businesses participate in the public policy process. It is about how they have internalized public policy and other pressures to upgrade their environmental performance. It provides rigorous theoretical and empirical answers to important questions such as: which firms are the better environmental performers; what drives their environmental performance; and does their environmental performance yield benefits to these companies.”
    Alfred Marcus, Edson Spencer Professor of Strategy and Technological Leadership, Carlson School of Management and the Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota

    "What I liked about the book is that Rivera offers a comprehensive look at firm participation in government policy programs. The interface between government and business is still relatively new, so this breadth of coverage is welcome.... This book is a must-read for any researcher embarking on a new research program and trying to develop a set of explanatory or control variables. Kudos goes to Rivera for embarking on a relatively tight research program and bundling it into a one-stop shop book."
    Pratima Bansal, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Administrative Science Quarterly

    "Rivera offers a more nuanced way of thinking about how businesses in different country settings participate in the policy process to enhance their sustainability. He also offers a deeper understanding of how the political setting can shape social and environmental program designs, and thus program outcomes. This type of research is long overdue, and is an important contribution to our knowledge about how private strategies and public policies interact to advance the cause of sustainability."
    Nicole Darnall, Arizona State University, Policy Studies Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897815
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Foreword
    Acknowledgments
    Publication acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. Business responses to the protective policy process in the US
    3. Country context and the protective policy process-business response relationship
    4. Firm level characteristics and business responses to environmental/social protection demands
    5. Is greener whiter? Resistance strategies by the US ski industry
    6. Is greener whiter yet? Resistance or beyond compliance by the US ski industry?
    7. Institutional pressures and proactive environmental protection: evidence from the Costa Rican hotel industry
    8. Chief executive officers and proactive environmental protection: evidence from the Costa Rican hotel industry
    9. Certified beyond compliance and competitive advantage in developing countries
    10. Conclusion
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Jorge E. Rivera, George Washington University, Washington DC

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