Keywords: environmental regulations, indirect consequences, economy, industry, business, future challenges, environmental legislation
Deliberating indirect consequences of environmental legislations on economy and business
Comprehensive review of literature conducted on the indirect or secondary impacts of environmental regulation reveals several impacts on business and economic activity. Using an analytical and discourse oriented framework, this paper deliberates on which impacts are likely to have significant influence in their ability to encourage changes in the existing economic and industrial setups. It draws from the theoretical debate on environmental regulation, the technological context that governs the environment and the economic dynamics that govern the globe. It is contended that, despite their not-so-obvious and unplanned nature, these impacts will act as important drivers of change and alter the global, national and industrial structures and systems in the long run. This discourse facilitates understanding on the nature and magnitude of secondary impacts and their capacity to produce significant change in industry and business structures in the long run, through indirect and not-so-obvious routes.