The Politics of Pollution:
Party Regimes and Air Quality in Canada
Ross McKitrick, University of Guelph Department of Economics
Canadian Journal of Economics 39(2) May 2006, 604-620.
Environmental concerns often figure prominently in opinion polls. But do election outcomes actually affect the environment? I test
the influence of the party in power on urban air pollution in 13 Canadian cities. The government’s political stripe is not
reliably associated with positive or negative effects on air pollution. Provincial parties on both the right and the left are
associated with elevated levels of some air contaminants. Federal effects also go in contrasting directions. Overall it appears a
change in government is unlikely to be a reliable predictor of changes in air pollution.
The Politics of Pollution
This is a pre-print of an article accepted for publication at the Canadian Journal of Economics, copyright (c) The Canadian Economics Association
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