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Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs
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Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs

Property Rights for the Common Good

9781840643282 Edward Elgar Publishing
Rose Anne Devlin, University of Ottawa, Canada and R. Quentin Grafton, Professor of Economics, Crawford School, Australian National University
Publication Date: 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 328 2 Extent: 208 pp
The crisis of environmental degradation has createcharemd an immense volume of literature which focuses on controlling environmental problems. Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs goes one step further to extend and complement the current debates.

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The crisis of environmental degradation has createcharemd an immense volume of literature which focuses on controlling environmental problems. Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs goes one step further to extend and complement the current debates. Using property rights the book examines the causes and possible solutions to environmental and resource degradation. Written in a non-technical, reader-friendly style the book also offers:

• numerous examples and case studies
• an up-to-date list of world wide web sites relevant to the subject
• a detailed glossary of environmental and economic terms
• a guide to the literature at the end of every chapter

Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs is an essential supplementary text for undergraduates and postgraduates studying environmental and natural resource management, environmental studies, ecology, environmental science, environmental economics, agricultural economics and geography.
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‘This is an excellent book, both clearly written and lively . . . We therefore wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone. . .’
– Tatjana Vogel and Stephan Dabbert, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

‘From the very beginning of the book one can notice that Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs is planned and realised with a particular care; it simply has all the elements one may expect a textbook to contain, and moreover it can be useful as a reference book as well. . . . The authors clearly emphasise the instrumental value of property rights and moreover they recognise the importance of non-private ownership. All in all, Economic Rights and Environmental Wrongs is an excellent, concise book that should be worthwhile reading for all kinds of environmental researchers and students.’
– Markku Oksanen, Environmental Politics

‘Lack of property rights is one of the most fundamental causes of environmental degradation and inadequate resource use. Rose Anne Devlin and Quentin Grafton lay out the analysis of property rights and their bearing on environmental and resource problems in a thorough, comprehensive and simple way.’
– Henk Folmer, Wageningen Agricultural University and Tilburg University, The Netherlands

‘Devlin and Grafton provide a very clear and lively treatment of the economic way of thinking about environmental issues. After presenting the basic principles, they take the reader through lots of important and intriguing applications including the excessive exploitation of the world’s fisheries, biodiversity, deforestation, and the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer. They show how we can create and enforce property rights so as to protect and improve the environment. The reader sees how economics can help both to understand and to address our environmental challenges.’
– Wallace E. Oates, University of Maryland, and Resources for the Future, US

‘Overall, excellent and very well written. How nice to see complex ideas brought down to earth and explained so well.’
– David Pearce, University College London, UK

‘. . . this is a nice book which succeeds in accomplishing what it set out to do. Consequently, I recommend this book to readers of the Ecological Economics Bulletin.’
– Amitrajeet A. Batabya, Ecological Economics Bulletin
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Contents: Preface 1. Environmental Wrongs 2. Externalities and the Environment 3. Property Rights for Pollution 4. Property Rights for Natural Resources 5. Controlling Environmental Degradation without Property Rights 6. Property Rights for the Common Good References Index
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