The Impact of Regulatory Complexity upon Self-regulation: Evidence from the Adoption and Certification of Environmental Management Systems

Pelin Demirel, Konstantinos Iatridis, Effie Kesidou

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Abstract

This article focuses on environmental management systems (EMS) and aims to enhance our understanding of the relationship between environmental state regulation and self-regulation. Unlike previous studies that treat state regulation as uni-dimensional and focus on externally certified forms of environmental self-regulation, this article takes a more nuanced approach. It looks at how direct and indirect state regulation and its stringency influence both non-certified in-house and externally certified adoption of EMS. Methodologically, the study differentiates from previous research by acknowledging the interconnected nature of in-house and external certification decisions, viewing these decisions as sequential. Based on a survey of 2,076 UK firms, findings show that effective environmental protection entails collaboration between environmental state regulation and in-house adoption of EMS. Results also reveal that externally certified EMS substitute for state environmental regulation, filling the void that results from weakening state regulation in the context of neoliberalism.
LanguageEnglish
Pages80 - 91
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume207
Early online date16 Nov 2017
DOIs
StatusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

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  • Environmental regulation, self-regulation, environmental management systems (EMS), corporate environmental responsibility

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