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Environmental Regulations and Corporate StrategyA NAFTA Perspective$
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Alan Rugman, Julie Soloway, and John Kirton

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295884.001.0001

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Corporate Strategy and Environmental Regulation: Baptist-Bootlegger Coalitions

Corporate Strategy and Environmental Regulation: Baptist-Bootlegger Coalitions

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(p.53) 4 Corporate Strategy and Environmental Regulation: Baptist-Bootlegger Coalitions
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Environmental Regulations and Corporate Strategy
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Alan Rugman

John Kirton

Julie Soloway

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295884.003.0004

In this chapter, we look into how environmental regulatory protectionism also expands to the operations of ‘baptist–bootlegger’ coalitions. These coalitions are said to provide the initial indication that a trade-restricting environmental regulation was implemented by the government for the protection of industry interests instead of environmental interests. A list of criteria is provided to demonstrate how to differentiate between situations in which the relative costs of produce are affected by environmental regulation and situations in which cross-border issues develop from environmental regulations. The chapter also offers a historical perspective of the trade–environment disputes, while giving emphasis to the institutional opportunities brought about during the NAFTA era through presenting ten cases from 1982 to the present.

Keywords:   regulatory protectionism, baptist–bootlegger coalitions, trade restriction, government, historical perspective, cross-border issues

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