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Institutions for Conflict Resolution

Corporate environmental offending

Corporate environmental offending as a source of conflict: Prevention through perceived legitimacy?

Environmental offending that is not properly addressed can easily contribute to social conflicts, for example with people living in close proximity to pollution caused by corporations that violate environmental norms. Sanctions are a well-established means of addressing environmental harm caused by corporate actors. However, improving accountability and enforcement remains an ongoing challenge. This research examines the potential role of perceived procedural justice in improving the compliance of corporate actors with environmental norms. While the severity of sanctions is one motivator of compliance, it is also possible that if corporate actors perceive the law to be legitimate, they might be more likely to comply. Is it possible to increase perceptions of legitimacy by fostering perceived procedural justice when enforcing environmental norms? And does this improve compliance and reduce socio-environmental conflicts? These are among the questions this empirical legal research aims to address.

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