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The Political Economy of Environmental Justice$
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H. Spencer Banzhaf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804780612

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804780612.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Environmental Justice

The Political Economy of Environmental Justice

An Introduction

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The Political Economy of Environmental Justice

H. Spencer Banzhaf

Stanford University Press

This chapter introduces the term “political economy” which has numerous additional shades of meaning beyond simply “economics.” It can mean the economic analysis of politics and public choice, including interest group politics, regulation, and redistribution. It can also mean combining economics to public policy. This chapter discusses the different meanings of political economy, the economic models of environmental justice, and the role of housing discrimination. It notes Charles Tiebout's hypothesis that people “sort” into communities based on their demand for local public goods, including the environment. It also briefly describes this notion and its implications for environmental justice.

Keywords:   housing discrimination, political economy, Charles Tiebout, environmental justice

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