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POLITICAL COMMITMENT TOWARDS THE OBJECTIVES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 1

Martn-Segura, Jos Aureliano 2


Navarro-Espigares, Jos Luis 3
Prez-Lpez, Csar 4
Maraver-Tarifa, Guillermo 5

ABSTRACT (STYLE: ABSTRACT HEADING)


The literature recognises the great influence that environmental spending exerts on
implementing LA21. But some authors raise doubts about the firm commitment of local
government. Thus the main objective of this paper is to verify the authenticity of political
commitment towards meeting the objectives of sustainable development by means of the
budgetary support to these policies. To accomplish this verification, we apply the Difference in
Differences technique for the period 2002-2012 in the Spanish municipalities. Results obtained
confirmed the initial hypothesis and show that local governments that adhered to LA21
increased their environmental expenses to a greater degree
Keywords: Local Agenda 21, environmental expenses, difference in differences

The paper has been carried out with the financial support of the research project: 014- ABEL-CM-2014A
Sustainable development as an innovation opportunity in management model of public organizations. Evaluation
and promotion of citizen participation towards sustainability. Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and
Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and operated by Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Call
ABELCM2014A of NILS Mobility Program for Science and Sustainability.
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Martn-Segura, Jos Aureliano, Associate Professor, University of Granada, Facultady of Education, Economy and
Tecnology of Ceuta, Department of Business Organization, Cortadura del Valle, s/n, Ceuta, aurelianomartin@ugr.es
3
Navarro-Espigares, Jos Luis, Assistant Professor, University of Granada, Department of International Economics
and Spain, Campus Cartuja, s/n, 18011 Granada, jnavarro@ugr.es
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Prez-Lpez, Csar, Assistant Professor, Complutense University of Madrid, Department of Statistic and
Operations Research, Cardenal Herrera Oria, 378, Edificio B, 28035 Madrid, cesar.perez@ief.minhap.es
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Guillermo Maraver Tarifa, Associate Professor, University of Granada, Department of Marketing and Market
Research, Campus Cartuja, s/n, 18011 Granada, gmaraver@ugr.es

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