Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy
Muskie School of Public Service
Charles S. Colgan
Clean water act, national environmental policy instument, best management practices
This research investigates the participation of marinas in the New England region of the United States, and in the Netherlands in environment self-regulation , while examining specific sources of influence on the decision to self-regulate. Environmental agencies in both countries have implemented industry specific self-regulatory programs, the Clean Marina Program, and the Blue Flag Program, to encourage marinas to implement best management practices, and reduce the environmental impacts of nonpoint source pollution.While traditional economic theory asserts that taking on environmental responsibilities beyond those required by law will jeopardize a business' economic performance, many small businesses have chosen to self-regulate.
Oostveen-Buterbaugh, Carry J., "The Decision to Self-Regulate: A Comparative Study of Marinas in New England and the Netherlands" (2014). All Theses & Dissertations. 162.