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ERIC Number: EJ898115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Success and Design of Local Referenda for Land Conservation
Banzhaf, H. Spencer; Oates, Wallace E.; Sanchirico, James N.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v29 n4 p769-798 Fall 2010
From 1998 to 2006, over three-quarters of the more than 1,550 U.S. referenda targeting open space passed. We analyze the success of the conservation movement at holding referenda in areas with greater ecological value and greater likelihood of supporting conservation. To do so, we first analyze the patterns in where referenda are held and in which finance mechanisms they employ. Controlling for these two selection patterns, we then investigate the factors determining the success of the referenda. Our findings suggest that conservation groups are pursuing a successful strategy, targeting communities with above-average probabilities of passing referenda and higher ecological value. Nevertheless, our results suggest that overlooked opportunities exist in minority and middle-class neighborhoods, in suburban fringe areas, and in the Southeast. (Contains 8 tables and 22 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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