Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law


Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law

9781789901047 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Bridget M. Hutter, Professor of Risk Regulation, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78990 104 7 Extent: 304 pp
This insightful book considers how the law has adapted to the environmental challenges of the 21st Century and the ways in which it might be used to cope with environmental risks and uncertainties whilst promoting resilience and greater equality. These issues are considered in social context by contributors from different disciplines who examine some of the experiments tried in different parts of the world to govern the environment, improve the available legal tools and give voice to more diverse groups.

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The environmental challenges of the twenty-first century have raised profound questions regarding the suitability of environmental law to manage the many complex issues at hand. This insightful book considers how the law has adapted to address these challenges and considers the ways in which it might be used to cope with environmental risks and uncertainties, whilst also promoting resilience and greater equality.

The book uses a multi-disciplinary approach to address the compatibility of law with the notions of risk and resilience, it scrutinises how capable these approaches are to effect equitable solutions to environmental risks, and it raises important questions about multi-level and participatory governance. Key chapters examine a variety of global experiments in countries such as China and countries in Latin America, to generate further governance of the environment, improve the available legal tools and give a voice to more diverse groups.

Students and scholars across a variety of fields such as environmental studies, socio-legal studies, law, and risk regulation will find this an stimulating read. Senior policy-makers in central and local government, regulators and risk managers will also find this book imperative in their efforts to manage the dilemmas of environmental control.
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‘This well-timed book tackles two of the most vexing, intertwined governance challenges facing global society: climate change and inequality. Its rich collection of chapters brings transnational, multi-disciplinary perspectives to illuminate possible pathways forward toward a more resilient and just future.’
– Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania, US
Contributors: F.H. Barnes, D. Curran, C. Holley, B.M. Hutter, C. Ituarte-Lima, T. Johnson, J. McDonald, L. Patton, O.W. Pedersen, D. Satterthwaite, E. Sofronova, H. Wang


Part I: Introduction
1. Risk, resilience and inequality: current dilemmas in environmental regulation.
Bridget M. Hutter

Part II: A changing environmental landscape
2. Risk, resilience and environmental regulation: Using law to build resilience to climate change impacts.
Jan McDonald

3. Resilience in environmental law: epistemic limitations and the role of participation.
Ole W. Pedersen

Part III: Inequality: the social and economic consequences of environmental law
4. Climate change, resilience, and the generation of risk-classes.
Dean Curran

5. Transformative biodiversity law and Agenda 2030: mainstreaming biodiversity and justice through human rights.
Claudia Ituarte-Lima

6. Inequalities in environmental risks and resilience within urban populations in low and middle income nations.
David Satterthwaite

Part IV: Governance
7. New environmental governance: adaptation, resilience and law.
Cameron Holley and Ekaterina Sefranova

8. Science and the law: how will developments in attribution science affect how the law addresses compensation for climate change effects?
Lindene Patton and Felicia H. Barnes.

9. Dialogue strategies for socio-ecological resilience and sustainability in China.
Hua Wang.

10. Environmental risks and authoritarian resilience in China.
Thomas Johnson

Part V: Conclusion
11. Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law: Prospects and Obstacles
Bridget M. Hutter


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