Comparative Politics and Environmental Commitments

  • Vincenzo Verardi
Palabras clave: Environmental Commitments, Electoral Systems, Political Economics

Resumen

Economists and Political scientists have suggested for a long time that democracy and the environment are linked. What they did not analyze in detail is if
the way in which politicians are elected influences the environment as well. The
scope of this paper is to fill this gap. Using high quality data on a cross section of countries, coming from previous studies, we find strong results suggesting
that politicians in majoritarian systems are less interested in environmental commitments than those in proportional representations. The consequence is that
environmental commitments are lower in the former system than in the latter.

Publicado
2004-12-01
Sección
Artículos de Investigación