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- DescriptionIn this book David Driesen shows in detail how the concept of ecomic dynamics can reshape thinking about environmental law and policy. He argues that environmental policymaking in the United States has been poorly served by the dominant, static view of the relationship between environmental regulation and the ecomy, techlogy, and business. Basing public policy on the concept of ecomic efficiency, he claims, warps our sense of what is necessary and achievable in environmental lawmaking. According to Driesen, environmentally beneficial techlogical invation would be a more effective public policy goal than ecomic efficiency because it could better keep pace with private-sector invations that create new forms of pollution and resource destruction. His arguments provide a corrective to the free-market and cost-benefit analysis approaches common to most proposals for regulatory reform. Those who believe that environmental law should focus on ecomic efficiency assume that efficiency and invation coincide. But static efficiency may detract from, rather than stimulate, creativity in the real world. Cost-benefit analysis may discourage invation by adding delay and uncertainty to government decisions. Ecomic incentives such as emissions trading may facilitate better use of existing techniques rather than bring about fundamental changes in techlogy. Driesen suggests ways that the regulatory system could better foster environmentally beneficial techlogical invations. Using the theory of ecomic dynamics, he discusses privatizing environmental law, reforming administrative and international legal processes, and improving regulation design. He also explains the significance of ecomic dynamics for legal theory in general.
- Author BiographyDavid M. Driesen is University Professor at Syracuse University College of Law. He is the author of The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law (MIT Press, 2003), winner of the 2004 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award for best book on environmental policy, presented by the American Political Science Association.
- Author(s)David M. Driesen
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication07/02/2003
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Weight381 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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