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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Waxing power, waning pollution : the effect of COVID-19 on Russian environmental policymaking
Authors: Hartwell, Christopher
Otrachshenko, Vladimir
Popova, Olga
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107003
Published in: Ecological Economics
Volume(Issue): 184
Issue: 107003
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 0921-8009
Language: English
Subjects: Coronavirus; Decentralization; Environmental policy; Pollution; Property right; Russia; Elinor Ostrom
Subject (DDC): 333.7: Land, natural recreational areas
Abstract: Like most countries globally, COVID-19 continues to have a demonstrable health, economic, and environmental impact on Russia. The purpose of this paper is to examine the possible ramifications for environmental quality in Russia during and following the coronavirus pandemic. Our work builds on the framework of Elinor Ostrom, as we argue that the pandemic and subsequent lockdown in Russia has highlighted the need for a more polycentric, de-centralized approach to environmental protection. We provide evidence for this point using a novel econometric strategy: given the tight centralization of environmental policymaking, we proxy for de facto decentralization using the amount of influence a regional governor has at the federal level. Using timely data on pollution in major Russian cities both before and during the pandemic, we employ an instrumental variable analysis which shows that pollution in a particular Russian region is negatively related to the amount of influence a Russian governor has at the federal level. Thus, the more powerful a governor is in their ability to set their own course, the better results they have in environmental quality. We conclude that Russia's environmental policy needs a fundamental rethink – and extensive decentralization – in a post-COVID-19 world.
Fulltext version: Accepted version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Restricted until: 2023-07-01
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: International Management Institute (IMI)
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