Here’s a short description of the paper I recently presented at the Environment Institute at University College London called “The E.U. Eco-Management and Audit Scheme: Examining Variation in Firm Participation”:
Recently, Tucker and Whitford (2012) argued that adoption of the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) presents a unique opportunity to study law’s expressive attributes. Specifically, law affects behavior “expressively” when governments create focal points that overcome some of the coordination difficulties firms face in regulatory compliance. Governments can help firms overcome coordination dilemmas when they explicate a preferred strategy for voluntary regulation. For EU countries, the European Union’s advocacy of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) has lead to greater adoption of it over ISO 14001, a rival environmental management system. This paper extends those findings by turning to the next stage of the problem: identifying differential take-up rates for EMAS across the countries of the EU.
Thanks to Colin Provost for hosting.
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