Policy Instruments in Environmental Law

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law series

Edited by Kenneth R. Richards, Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, US and Josephine van Zeben, Professor and Chair, Law Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

This volume of the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law provides a comprehensive guide to environmental policy instruments, examining their characteristics, applications, strengths and limitations, as well as giving an overview of the most significant issues related to their adoption and effectiveness. With entries written by leading international scholars, it delivers an indispensable insight into the cross-cutting issues that are common to discussions of such policy instruments.

‘This is an impressive book, edited and written by many leading colleagues in the field internationally. It reflects upon the wide variety of policy instruments governments nowadays have at their disposal to develop and implement environmental, energy, climate and sustainability policies. Their work shows that many governments still have not managed to get their act together on this. This volume will therefore be a beacon of light in the dark.’
– Kurt Deketelaere, KU Leuven, Belgium

‘In this important volume, the editors – Kenneth Richards and Josephine van Zeben – have assembled an impressive set of entries that provide a remarkably comprehensive description and assessment of the diverse set of policy instruments which can be used by governments to achieve their environmental objectives in the face of market failures.’
– Robert N. Stavins, Harvard University, US

2020 464 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 567 6 £195.00 £175.50 $285.00 $256.50

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