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Zaghafte Realisierung von Umweltabgaben. Umweltökonomische Instrumente im Clinch mit finanzund verkehrspolitischen Eigengesetzlichkeiten?

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Environmental incentive taxes entail an instrumental change in environmental policy making. Such policy making in Switzerland lacks the necessary influence from interest and pressure groups to implement this redistributive instrumental change. Global environmental taxes, as an integral part of sustainable development, equally imply a paradigm change and demand a social consensus.

The development of ecological taxes can only be activated by incorporating “green” reasoning into policy making. The relations among transport, fiscal and environmental policies are dominated by budgeting imperatives. Interpolicy-cooperation is, however, impeded by budgetary priorities, the autonomy of policy fields, and conflict over different instruments and goals. Sectoral logic can only be abandoned if environmental action is able to alter policy communities and question the preeminenee of other sectors.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1993

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