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The Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy and Law

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The Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy and Law

An Introduction

9781845422929 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michael Faure, Professor, Maastricht University and Erasmus School of Law, the Netherlands and Chairman of the Flemish High Council of Environmental Enforcement (VHRM), Brussels, Belgium and the late Göran Skogh, formerly Professor of Economics, University of Linköping, Sweden
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84542 292 9 Extent: 368 pp
The Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy and Law covers many of the recent advances in the field and attempts to integrate some of the most crucial legal and economic instruments which, in the authors' view, have not yet been subjected to proper analysis

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Although many books focus on law and economics, and environmental economics, this is one of the first to combine the two topics in a fully integrated and comprehensive manner. The authors successfully bridge the gap between the disciplines of environmental law and traditional economics in a lucid and highly accessible style.

The Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy and Law covers many of the recent advances in the field and attempts to integrate some of the most crucial legal and economic instruments which, in the authors' view, have not yet been subjected to proper analysis. These include zoning, expropriation, licensing, third party liability, safety regulation, mandatory insurance and criminal sanctions. The authors pay particular attention to the interrelationships of these instruments and their various economic effects. Using a comparative law and economics methodology, they are also able to incorporate environmental law with international policy and investigate the many diverse rules of the legal system and their implementation in different countries. Crucially, the authors do not consider economics as the exclusive determinant in legal rule-making. They also highlight the need for ethical considerations and illustrate the potential limitations of pure economic analysis.

The book assumes no prior knowledge of economics and will prove informative and rewarding for students of law and the social and natural sciences, especially those with an interest in environmental policy. With an extensive reference list and detailed notes on further reading material, this book will also serve as a stimulating introduction to the discipline of law and economics for environmental, political and legal practitioners.
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‘Sometimes, one has to teach an introductory course, for instance to civil servants, and if you should have the task to teach environmental policy and law, this is the book to recommend. It could really not be more straightforward. . . This is a wonderful introduction, and every conscientious teacher of the subject can successfully build upon it.’
– Jürgen G. Backhaus, European Journal of Law and Economics

‘This volume would make an excellent textbook for students of both introductory environmental economics and introductory environmental law. The examples of real world legal problems and environmental policies provide the student with the context within which the basic principles of microeconomics come alive. The scope of economic topics covered is broad and impressive, ranging from the notion of marginal cost to the idea of limits to growth. The authors have created a framework within which it is possible for both law students and economics students to learn from each other’s disciplines. A truly remarkable achievement.’
– Timothy M. Swanson, University College London, UK
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction and Summary Part I: Rights and the Environment 2. Principles of Environmental Policy 3. Exploitation and Protection of Endangered Species 4. Property Rights Part II: Resources, Prices and Sustainable Growth 5. Prices and Markets 6. Market Failures 7. Capital, Investments, Interests and Risks 8. Sustainable Growth Part III: Transaction Costs and the Law 9. The Role of Law 10. Balancing Benefits and Costs 11. Regulation of Industry 12. Land-use Control 13. Tradable Permits, Charges and Deposits Part IV: Risk and Liability 14. Tort Law 15. Limits to Liability 16. Environmental Crime 17. Various Instruments at Various Levels of Government Bibliography Index
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