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Law and Policy for a New Economy

Sustainable, Just, and Democratic Edited by Melissa K. Scanlan, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Director of the Environmental Law Center and Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy Law Center, Vermont Law School, US
This book makes the case for a New Environmentalism, and using a systems change approach, takes the reader through ideas for reorienting the economy. It addresses the laws and policies needed to support the emergence of a new economy across a variety of major areas – from energy to food, across common pool resources, and shifting investments to capitalize locally-connected and mission-driven businesses. The authors take the approach that the challenges are much broader than setting parameters around pollution, and go to the heart of the dominant global political economy. It explores the values needed to transform our current economic system into a new economy supportive of ecological integrity, social justice, and vibrant democracy.
Extent: 304 pp
Hardback Price: $150.00 Web: $135.00
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 451 7
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The current political economic system is misaligned for meeting the global imperatives of rapidly reducing greenhouse gases and sharing wealth more equitably. This book makes the case for a new environmentalism that implements a systems change approach to reorient the economy to be more sustainable, just, and democratic.

This book addresses the laws and policies needed to support the emergence of a new economy across a variety of major areas – including energy, food, common pool resources, and the shifting of investments to capitalize locally-connected and mission-driven businesses. The contributors take the approach that these challenges are much broader than setting parameters around pollution, and indeed go to the heart of the dominant global political economy. The authors also explore the values needed to transform our current economic system into a new economy supportive of ecological integrity, social justice, and vibrant democracy.

Law and Policy for a New Economy: Sustainable, Just, and Democratic will appeal to those interested in environmental law, climate change, environmental studies, political ecology and environmental economics.
‘Awareness raising, responsible consumption and investment, corporate social responsibility, legal limits for pollutants, and incentives for sustainable businesses, are all good and necessary; but none are sufficient if our shared common goods, such as a stable climate and healthy ecosystem, do not have equal consideration in law. In the “next system,” the common good will be as precisely defined and as vigorously protected by national and international law as private property and investment rights are today. I thank the authors for paving the path to a true system change.’
– Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

‘If the lawyers of the world don’t find a way to accelerate the evolution of environmental law, we will all be guilty of planetary malpractice. This timely and provocative book sets up our challenge and starts us thinking of some possible solutions.’
– Durwood Zaelke, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, US
Contributors: S.H. Baker, D. Bollier, M. James, K.B. Jones, C.I. Magallanes, J. Orsi, J. Purdy, L. Ristino, M.K. Scanlan, L. Sheehan, J.G. Speth, J. Taub, D.R.H. Winters, M.C. Wood

Contents:

Foreword

1. Climate change, system change, and the path forward
Melissa K. Scanlan

Part I Paradigms for an Ecological Age
2. The joyful economy: rising up from the devastation of people and nature
James Gustave Speth

3. Environmentalism for the next economy
Jedediah Purdy

4. Reframing rights and responsibilities to prioritize nature
Catherine Iorns Magallanes and Linda Sheehan

5. The Nature’s Trust paradigm for a sustaining economy
Mary Christina Wood

Part II Practical applications
6. Three legal principles for organizations rebuilding the commons
Janelle Orsi

7. Reinventing law for the commons
David Bollier

8. New hopes and hazards for social investment crowdfunding
Jennifer Taub

9. Distributed renewables in the new economy: lessons from community solar development in Vermont
Kevin B. Jones and Mark James

10. Unlocking the energy commons: expanding community energy generation
Shalanda H. Baker

11. The decentralization of food policy and building a stronger food system
Diana R.H. Winters

12. Legal democracy: using legal design, technology and communications to reform food and agriculture systems
Laurie Ristino

Index