Government and the Environment
The Role of the Modern State in the Face of Global Challenges
Edited by Laura Castellucci
To Be Published December 31st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
This book provides an inquiry into the economic role of government in the 21st century. Its focus is on direct collective (political) action and the design of good systems of incentives; both of which are needed to face the challenges of taking care of global public goods and externalities primarily associated, today more than ever, with environmental degradation and resource overutilization.
The result is a critical presentation/discussion of a selection of current theoretical and empirical issues in areas of the real economy requiring active government action of one type or another, under pain of heavy social welfare losses. These include social wealth creation, water conservation and management and water policy.
1. Wealth Creation, Private vs. Public, and the Logic of Collective Action 2. Mancur Olson’s Model of Rent Seeking 3. Environmental Public Goods and Externalities 4. Environmental Protection and the Green Paradox 5. Waste Policy in the Presence of Costly Enforcement, Illegal Behaviour and Organized Crime 6. Water Conservation and Management
Laura Castellucci is in the Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Methods at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy