‘Dirty industries’: Patterns of change in industrial countries

Abstract

This article concerns itself with the environmental role of heavily polluting industries since 1970, analysing its development in 11 basic industries, as well as electricity production and road transport, in 32 industrial countries. It argues for a green industrial policy, demonstrating that other mitigations of environmental pressure in industrial countries—end-of-pipe treatment, relocation to the Third World, structural change in the industrial sector and even environmentally oriented modernization—have so far been unable to solve the problems of ‘dirty industries’, although some approaches have shown (some) promise.

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Jänicke, M., Binder, M. & Mönch, H. ‘Dirty industries’: Patterns of change in industrial countries. Environ Resource Econ 9, 467–491 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02441762

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Key words

  • green policy
  • pollution
  • relocation