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Making Environmental Laws Work

Law and Policy in the UK and USA

By: William Wilson
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Published: 01-01-1999
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 256
ISBN: 9781901362794
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £75.00

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About Making Environmental Laws Work

This book explores ways in which ideas from America could be used to improve the effectiveness of environmental laws in Britain and throughout Europe. It addresses some of the wider issues which help to decide whether environmental laws are effective or not.

The book considers the political context in which environmental laws are made,and the implications for long-term public support of them. It examines the ways in which the law-making processes in Britain and Europe effectively exclude public participation and offers suggestions for ways to change these processes, with examples of American alternatives. It considers the tensions between science - the foundation for much environmental policy - and public opinion.

Successful implementation of these laws requires both wide public support and consistent enforcement. Britain has traditionally used criminal law sanctions to enforce its environmental laws. America uses the criminal process more selectively but makes much more effective use of civil and administrative enforcement.

The book also examines some of the highly effective approaches to pollution prevention being developed in America, and the implications for environmental regulation of rapidly changing high-technology industries.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2 : Politics and environmental laws
Chapter 3: The Consent of the Governed I-Making The Laws
Chapter 4: The Consent of the Governed II-the public and science
Chapter 5: Common Problems, Common Themes?
Chapter 6: Use of the Criminal Law
Chapter 7: Civil and Administrative Environmental Law Enforcement
Chapter 8: An End To Pollution And Waste?
Chapter 9: Keeping Hope Alive


“...a timely and ideal opportunity for observers and pragmatists to discover what laws help shape a more cost-effective yet cleaner regime of environmental protection. Making Environmental Laws Work is a compact, engaging, and candid introduction to the global laboratory that houses a myriad of legislative experiments.” –  Robert L. Elam, Stanford Journal of International Law

“an enthusiastic, spirited and highly individualistic trek through public environmental law institutions in the United Kingdom, United States and (of all places!) RussiaIt breathes life into environmental law without losing sight of the importance of legal frameworks and institutions. For both novices and experts alike it provides a fresh and highly relevant point of view.” –  Malvina Snape, European Environmental Law Review

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