Balance Between Local Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability: A Multi-level Governance Perspective

Christopher V. Hawkins, Sung Wook Kwon, Jungah Bae

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: This study seeks to explain why U.S. local governments utilize environmental sustainability to promote economic development. Economic development and environmental protection need not be competing objectives, but rather, environmental protection can enhance local economic competitiveness. Using data from the ICMA Economic Development Survey, this study tests an empirical model that includes state sustainability initiatives, participation in climate protection networks, and political attitudes toward economic development as predictors of local policy decisions. The findings reinforce a multi-level governance perspective on explaining the balance cities seek to achieve between environmental protection and economic growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-811
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Volume39
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2016

Keywords

  • Local sustainability
  • economic development
  • governance

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