There are considerable differences in environmental performance and outcomes across both democracies and autocracies, but
there is little understanding of how levels of democracy and autocracy influence environmental performance. This book examines
whether analysing the effects of individual democratic features separately can contribute to a better understanding of cross-national
variance in environmental performance. The authors show that levels of social equality in particular, as well as the strength
of local and regional democracy, contribute significantly to explaining cross-national variation in environmental performance.
On the other hand, a high level of political corruption affects a country's ability to adopt and implement environmental policies
effectively. In exploring the inter-relationship between democratic qualities, political corruption, and environmental performance,
this book presents policymakers and political theorists with a clear picture of which aspects of democratic societies are
most conducive to producing a better environment.