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Adopting Collaborative Management Programs

IJED, Vol. 4 No. 3, (2002)

The decision of state legislatures to adopt collaborative management programs requires the use of competing theoretical propositions to properly model. Modeling the decision is important because state legislatures are now implementing collaborative management programs, in conjunction with their existing deterrence based programs, to govern the consumption of natural resources. The theories of transaction costs economics, environmental policy and policy innovation are useful for explaining why state legislatures chose to adopt collaborative management strategies. By using an event history analysis, this paper finds that commitment costs, agency costs, internal determinants and state political factors effect whether or not a state will adopt a collaborative management program.

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