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Environmental Regulation: Law, Economics and Public Policy
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
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.
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Not Open to Freshmen.
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