Making Environmental Laws Work

Making Environmental Laws Work

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This book explores ways in which ideas from America could be used to improve the effectiveness of environmental laws in Britain and throughout Europe. It addresses some of the wider issues which help to decide whether environmental laws are effective or not.The book considers the political context in which environmental laws are made, and the implications for long-term public support of them. It examines the ways in which the law-making processes in Britain and Europe effectively exclude public participation and offers suggestions for ways to change these processes, with examples of American alternatives. It considers the tensions between science - the foundation for much environmental policy - and public opinion.Successful implementation of these laws requires both wide public support and consistent enforcement. Britain has traditionally used criminal law sanctions to enforce its environmental laws. America uses the criminal process more selectively but makes much more effective use of civil and administrative enforcement.The book also examines some of the highly effective approaches to pollution prevention being developed in America, and the implications for environmental regulation of rapidly changing high-technology industries.In 1996 the opportunity arose to apply for a Harkness Fellowship to go the United States for a year with my wife and two small sons. ... Like so much else in America, environmental issues and problems have a way of being bigger and better. ... out a model of four wheel drive vehicle one foot longer than the popular Chevrolet Suburban, which itself has difficulty fitting inside a standard American garage.

Title:Making Environmental Laws Work
Author:William Wilson
Publisher:Hart Pub Limited - 1999


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