Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/76187
Authors: 
Halbheer, Daniel
Niggli, Sarah
Schmutzler, Armin
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich 0304
Abstract: 
We analyze the factors that influence the support for environmental policy proposals. Swiss referendum data show that proposals obtain more yes-votes if they do not restrict consumption possibilities directly, if they are endorsed by the largest business association, if environmental preferences are strong and economic conditions are favorable at the time of the referendum. Also, there are more pro-environmental votes in cantons with higher population density. On the other hand, yes-votes do not seem to depend on whether a proposal involves a tax or not.
Subjects: 
direct democracy
environmental policy
public choice
referendum
JEL: 
P16
Q28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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