Article by Jeffords and Gellers Quantitatively Links Environmental Rights to Environmental Justice

Posted on 11/2/2017 11:02:38 AM

A forthcoming article by Chris Jeffords (Economics) and Josh Gellers (Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Florida), titled "Towards Environmental Democracy? Procedural Environmental Rights and Environmental Justice," will be published in the February 2018 volume of Global Environmental Politics, a publication of MIT Press

The paper provides cross-national evidence that states with constitutionalized procedural environmental rights are more likely than non-adopting states to facilitate the attainment of environmental justice. 

Jeffords and Gellers demonstrate, for example, that countries with a constitutional procedural right to information about environmental matters report that rural access to water—measured on a scale from 0 to 100 percent—is (on average) 12.89 percentage points higher than in those countries without said constitutional right. For countries that also have a substantive constitutional environmental right, the effect is even larger: rural access to water is (on average) 21.19 percentage points higher. These general results are robust to additional control variables and hold in repeated cross-section regressions from 2010 to 2015.

According to the 2016 InCites Journal Citation Reports by Thomson Reuters, GEP has an impact factor of 2.036. SCImago ranks GEP as a Q1 journal in Environmental Science (91 out of 1355 journals), and Google Scholar Journal Rankings places GEP at 12 (out of 20 ranked journals) in Environmental Law and Policy.

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