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The impact of regulatory complexity upon self-regulation: Evidence from the adoption and certification of environmental management systems

The impact of regulatory complexity upon self-regulation: Evidence from the adoption and certification of environmental management systems
The impact of regulatory complexity upon self-regulation: Evidence from the adoption and certification of environmental management systems
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 2076 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.
0301-4797
80-91
Demirel, Pelin
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Iatridis, Konstantinos
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Kesidou, Effie
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Demirel, Pelin
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Iatridis, Konstantinos
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Kesidou, Effie
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Demirel, Pelin, Iatridis, Konstantinos and Kesidou, Effie (2018) The impact of regulatory complexity upon self-regulation: Evidence from the adoption and certification of environmental management systems. Journal of Environmental Management, 207, 80-91. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.11.019).

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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 2076 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 November 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 November 2017
Published date: 1 February 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 415576
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/415576
ISSN: 0301-4797
PURE UUID: 8f401695-9279-4a51-983b-e382c2f2080d

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Date deposited: 15 Nov 2017 17:30
Last modified: 10 Feb 2018 17:30

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Author: Pelin Demirel
Author: Konstantinos Iatridis
Author: Effie Kesidou

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