Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook pages:105-112
This chapter focuses on environmental leadership through the diffusion of pioneering policy. The emphasis is on processes that occur in the absence of jointly negotiated agreements between different jurisdictions to introduce a pioneering policy and in the absence of coercive pressure by a pioneering jurisdiction on potential adopters of similar policy. The processes of environmental leadership through policy diffusion that are at the core of this chapter occur as a result of learning, emulation, or adjustment of policy positions by actors in potential follower jurisdictions that then advocate the introduction of policy similar to the pioneering policy. Diffusion can occur across various levels of governance.