International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

The Environmental Regulation of Privatized Industry in Poland

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The authors examine the operation of the environmental protection system in Poland. Drawing upon the results of a mailed questionnaire survey of privatized manufacturing firms, they investigate the degree to which Poland has been successful in strengthening its environmental regulatory system. In general, the survey data reveal an operational system of environmental protection that is an amalgam of traditional command-and-control regulation and flexible enforcement that is well suited to the current political and economic conditions of Poland. Among the features of this regulatory system, which supports improved environmental performance for privatized firms, are a tough system of facility licensing, a flexible approach to compliance, good information availability at the local level, and broad agreement as to the legitimacy of environmental protection among firms in Poland. The authors stress the importance of matching regulatory strategy to societal context.

Publication Title

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Volume

18

Issue

5

First Page

575

Last Page

592

ISSN

0263-774X

DOI

10.1068/c9807j

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