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Spring 2011-2012
WWS 326 (SA)   na, npdf

Environmental Regulation: Law, Economics and Public Policy

Michael E. Herz

This course has two large topics. First, the conceptual foundations of environmental regulation, including economic and non-economic justifications for regulation, cost-benefit analysis, the choice among different regulatory techniques, and the political dimensions of environmental law. Second, the substance of American environmental law, including a (necessarily superficial) overview of the major federal pollution statutes. Because agencies loom so large in environmental law, we will also cover the forms and functions of federal agencies and the legal and political constraints under which they operate.

Sample reading list:
Percival, Robert V. et al, Environmental Regulation; Law, Science and Policy
Revesz, Richard L, Foundations of Environmental Law
Ackerman, Bruce and Steward, Richard B., Reforming Environmental Law
Stavins, Robert, Experience with Market-Based Policy Instruments
Sustein, Cass R., The Cost-Benefit State
Driesen, David et al.,, Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50 to 100 pages of (nontechnical) reading per week. Over the course of the semester, each student is responsible for preparing two short (approximately 4 double-spaced pages) reaction papers concerning the week's reading. These must be submitted the day before the relevant session of the class and will be used as the basis for discussion. Final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43129 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:8 Limit:14