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Analyzing economic market interactions as conflicts: new concepts to assess market-based policy instruments


Mason, S A; Muller, A (2007). Analyzing economic market interactions as conflicts: new concepts to assess market-based policy instruments. Ecological Economics, 61(1):81-90.

Abstract

Complementing market-based policy instruments with conflict analysis approaches provides a wider understanding of market situations and allows to identify minimal requirements regarding needs, power and conflict dynamics. If these are not met, a market cannot be successfully introduced or a liberalization process implemented. Conflict analysis offers a language better suited to the concerns of people negatively affected by new markets. Applying this language helps to counterbalance the predominance of economic concepts. This fosters mutual understanding and enhances the prospect for successful implementation of market-based policies. We illustrate the potential of conflict analysis with examples from water privatization and labeling.

Complementing market-based policy instruments with conflict analysis approaches provides a wider understanding of market situations and allows to identify minimal requirements regarding needs, power and conflict dynamics. If these are not met, a market cannot be successfully introduced or a liberalization process implemented. Conflict analysis offers a language better suited to the concerns of people negatively affected by new markets. Applying this language helps to counterbalance the predominance of economic concepts. This fosters mutual understanding and enhances the prospect for successful implementation of market-based policies. We illustrate the potential of conflict analysis with examples from water privatization and labeling.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:15 February 2007
Deposited On:26 Mar 2009 11:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:33
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0921-8009
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.10.007
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-5294

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