Environment and Public Policy in the United States: A Diffusion Analysis

  • Vijay Mahajan
  • Manoj Agarwal
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


Comparative research on legislative behaviour in the United States has focused on the characteristics of states that are useful in predicting their behavior. These characteristics range from socio-economic conditions (Crittenden, 1967; Hofferbert, 1966) to political organizations (Jacob and Vines, 1965; Sullivan, 1973) while the state behavior being analyzed has ranged from welfare expenditures (Dawson and Robinson, 1963; Dye, 1966) to policy outputs (Crew, 1970; Hofferbert, 1966). This paper presents a continuation of that tradition. In this case the behavior we are analyzing represents the state adoption of new policies to protect its environment. From the perspective of the adopting state, the policy is an innovation, not meaning that the state originated it but that the policy is new for that state.


Multidimensional Scaling Early Adopter Nonmetric Multidimensional Scaling American Political Science Review State Adoption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay Mahajan
    • 1
  • Manoj Agarwal
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New York at BuffaloNew YorkUSA

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