Business and Public Policy: Responses to Environmental and Social Protection Processes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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"Jorge Rivera offers an ambitious and welcome contribution to the literature on corporate environmentalism. Where most academic work in this area focuses on industrialized nations, Rivera's book shifts the lens towards the developing world. He provides careful analysis with both breadth - how variations in specific country characteristics moderate corporate response to public policies - and depth - how firm-level characteristics vary the type of response. Further, he blends theoretically grounded analysis in institutional theory and policy science with careful empirical analysis of voluntary corporate programs in the US and Costa Rica. The result is a thorough and rigorous piece of work that should be of interest to scholars in this rapidly growing domain of study."

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. x
Forewordp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Publication acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Business responses to the protective policy process in the USp. 9
Country context and the protective policy process-business response relationshipp. 44
Firm-level characteristics and business responses to environmental/social protection demandsp. 69
Is greener whiter? Resistance strategies by the US ski industryp. 86
Is greener whiter yet? Resistance or beyond-compliance by the US ski industryp. 111
Institutional pressures and proactive environmental protection: evidence from the Costa Rican hotel industryp. 144
Chief executive officers and proactive environmental protection: evidence from the Costa Rican hotel industryp. 166
Certified beyond-compliance and competitive advantage in developing countriesp. 185
Conclusionp. 205
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 243
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