Municipal participation in environmental agreements
Ray, Aaron D.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. More than one thousand mayors signed the United States Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement (USMCPA), committing their cities to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This study identifies factors associated with participation of U.S. cities in the USMCPA. Previous qualitative and quantitative investigations have suggested that the existence of co-benefits, elements of climate change stress, and partisan orientation influence municipal participation in environmental agreements. This study uses an empirical model to assess the relative significance of demographic and regional factors, economic structure, environmental conditions, energy use, and political factors in predicting municipal participation in the USMCPA. My findings indicate that population density, educational attainment, regional location, unemployment levels, carbon emissions, and public transportation use were significant predictors of participation. These results suggest that development policies at the city level can influence the likelihood of participation in environmental agreements.
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