The Limits of Law: The Public Regulation of Private Pollution

The Limits of Law: The Public Regulation of Private Pollution

by Peter Cleary Yeager
     
 

ISBN-10: 052136535X

ISBN-13: 9780521365352

Pub. Date: 01/25/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the systematic constraints on U.S. law enforcement agencies' efforts to regulate business behavior. It looks specifically at the postwar development of laws regulating water pollution and at the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to enforce them. The discussion traces the factors leading to legal change and analyzes the ways in which the

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This book examines the systematic constraints on U.S. law enforcement agencies' efforts to regulate business behavior. It looks specifically at the postwar development of laws regulating water pollution and at the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to enforce them. The discussion traces the factors leading to legal change and analyzes the ways in which the impacts of environmental laws vary from their stated purposes and goals, even under relatively favorable conditions for their enforcement. It shows how legal processes and social relations mutually constrain and shape one another as the state struggles to manage often contradictory responsibilities, in this case to encourage both economic growth and environmental welfare. The book is principally directed at social scientists and their students in the areas of sociology of law, public policy, political sociology, political economy and criminology. It is also directed at legal and policy practitioners in environmental regulation and educated lay readers concerned with environmental policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521365352
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/25/1991
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The social production of business offenses; 2. Bringing the law back in: an integrated approach; 3. The politics of water: pollution policies to 1970; 4. Contradiction and change: environmental consciousness and the mobilization of law; 5. Legislating clean water: changing conceptions of environmental rights; 6. Controls and constraints: from law to regulation; 7. Enforcement: the social production of environmental offenses; Conclusions.

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