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The Making of Environmental Law - R.J. Lazarus

The Making of Environmental Law

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780226470375
Number Of Pages: 312

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The unprecedented expansion in environmental regulation over the past thirty years--at all levels of government--signifies a transformation of our nation's laws that is both palpable and encouraging. Environmental laws now affect almost everything we do, from the cars we drive and the places we live to the air we breathe and the water we drink. But while enormous strides have been made since the 1970s, gaps in the coverage, implementation, and enforcement of the existing laws still leave much work to be done.
In "The Making of Environmental Law," Richard J. Lazarus offers a new interpretation of the past three decades of this area of the law, examining the legal, political, cultural, and scientific factors that have shaped--and sometimes hindered--the creation of pollution controls and natural resource management laws. He argues that in the future, environmental law must forge a more nuanced understanding of the uncertainties and trade-offs, as well as the better-organized political opposition that currently dominates the federal government. Lazarus is especially well equipped to tell this story, given his active involvement in many of the most significant moments in the history of environmental law as a litigator for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, an assistant to the Solicitor General, and a member of advisory boards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Ranging widely in his analysis, Lazarus not only explains why modern environmental law emerged when it did and how it has evolved, but also points to the ambiguities in our current situation. As the field of environmental law "grays" with middle age, Lazarus's discussions of its history, the lessons learned from past legal reforms, and the challenges facing future lawmakers are both timely and invigorating.

Bill McKibben, "Legal Affairs"

Bill McKibben, "Legal Affairs"

--Bill McKibben"Legal Affairs" (01/01/2005)
Bill McKibben, "Legal Affairs"
--Bill McKibben"Legal Affairs" (01/01/2005)
"A lively, elegant, and comprehensive account of how environmental law came to be, what makes it distinctive among legal institutions, why it has persisted, and its future prospects."
--Jonathan Cannon"Environmental History" (04/01/2005)

Making Environmental Law
Time, Space, and Ecological Injury
The Implications of Ecological Injury for Environmental Protection Law
The Challenges for U.S. Lawmaking Institutions and Processes of Environmental Protection Law
The Road Taken
Becoming Environmental Law
Building a Road: The 1970s
Expanding the Road: The 1980s
Maintaining the Road: The 1990s
Environmental Law in the New Millennium
The Emerging Architecture of U.S. Environmental Law
Changing Conceptions of Time and Space Redux: Environmental Law's Future Challenges
Environmental Law's Second (and Quite Different) "Republican Moment"
Conclusion: The Graying of the Green
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ISBN: 9780226470375
ISBN-10: 0226470377
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2