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Policy Instruments and the Remediation and Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties

October 2014

Rob Alexander


A case study that addresses the gaps in how policy instrument mixes combat environmental policy problems with the involvement of public, private, and civil society actors. The study’s concern with the available literature is the lack of research for when these instrument mixes are used to ensure partners are engaged in the work. Using this gap, the study analyzes how and when local governments determine the use of policy instruments during times of uncertainty with retention of project partners, through the lens of environmental and political governance strategies.

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Policy Implications

Public managers are increasingly more involved in the developing and ascertaining efficient and effective environmental policies for localities. Legislative and regulatory policy instruments used earlier in the process of working with private actors, provides less autonomy and risk of the project folding due to lack of private actor involvement.

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