Mastering Boston Harbor: Courts, Dolphins, and Imperiled Waters [NOOK Book]

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Mastering Boston Harbor chronicles how America's most glorious and historically significant harbor was rescued from decades of pollution and neglect by a community of caring citizens who were linked to an environmentally committed judge and his special harbor master. This dynamic public-private team shaped novel legal and political procedures for governing and restoring the harbor.

Charles Haar provides a fascinating study of the convergence ...

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Mastering Boston Harbor: Courts, Dolphins, and Imperiled Waters

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Overview

Mastering Boston Harbor chronicles how America's most glorious and historically significant harbor was rescued from decades of pollution and neglect by a community of caring citizens who were linked to an environmentally committed judge and his special harbor master. This dynamic public-private team shaped novel legal and political procedures for governing and restoring the harbor.

Charles Haar provides a fascinating study of the convergence of judicial supervision with political, environmental, financial, and technological interests. He challenges those who will instantly decry an "activist" judiciary and pulls back the curtain on the serious problems a court faces when it must grapple with an intractable problem affecting public interest. Haar demonstrates that at times only a resolute judiciary can energize and coordinate the branches of government to achieve essential contemporary social goals—goals that are endorsed and supported by a majority whose voice is often ignored in legislative and executive back rooms.

Because of his experience as special master in the dispute, Haar provides the reader with an insider's view of a modern brand of judicial decision-making that is not anti-majoritarian, and could be applied to similar crises in which the legislative and executive branches of government are impotent. Citizens concerned about the conflict between unbridled economic liberty and environmental protection will gain important insight from this eyewitness account of how the "harbor of shame" became a vibrant focal point for the renewal of Boston as a world-class city.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674038097
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • File size: 875 KB

Meet the Author

Charles M. Haar is Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : troubled waters 1
1 The harbor in the national political campaign : George H. W. Bush's landing 9
2 Under the judicial lens : the Quincy case is launched 20
3 Coping with complexities : signing on as special master 36
4 The setting : the plants, pipes, and pumps of Boston Harbor 48
5 The cast of characters : officials and fish 64
6 Turning the tide : creating a novel trial process 79
7 A dying harbor? : the battle of the experts 100
8 Report of the special master : findings of fact 115
9 Report of the special master : remedies and recommendations 134
10 The judge lays down the law : the procedural order for the rehabilitation of the harbor 154
11 Awash with ideas : a new authority for governing the harbor 170
12 Safe harbor : paying for the vision 202
13 Parting of the waters : the showdown between court and legislature 218
14 The commons restored : courts and social change 247
15 The call of the bugler : tools and tactics of effective judicial intervention 266
Conclusion : the high tide of judicial action 290
Postscript : Boston Harbor today 298
Timeline of the Quincy case 307
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