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The effectiveness of Green voices in parliaments: Do Green Parties matter in the control of pollution?
- Mourao, Paulo Reis
- Environment, development and sustainability 2019 v.21 no.2 pp. 985-1011
- carbon dioxide, gases, greenhouse gases, methane, nitrous oxide, pollutants, pollution control, sulfur dioxide
- Green Parties are not the most popular in polls. However, their electoral scores have been achieving more significance since the 1990s, especially in European elections. This paper discusses the role of various Green seats occupied in 36 democracies in terms of the country’s control of pollution. Using different specifications for system GMM, the regressions here discussed concluded that higher shares of parliamentary seats occupied by Green Parties tended to be observed in countries with the most significant reductions in estimated levels of different pollutant gases (CO₂, N₂O, SO₂, CH₄, and GHG). Additional robustness checks have also been discussed.