Law and Policy for a New Economy: Sustainable, Just, and Democratic

Law and Policy for a New Economy: Sustainable, Just, and Democratic

by Melissa K. Scanlan (Editor)


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The current political economic system is misaligned for meeting the global imperatives of rapidly reducing greenhouse gases and sharing wealth more equitably. This book makes the case for a new environmentalism that implements a systems change approach to reorient the economy to be more sustainable, just, and democratic.

This book addresses the laws and policies needed to support the emergence of a new economy across a variety of major areas – including energy, food, common pool resources, and the shifting of investments to capitalize locally-connected and mission-driven businesses. The contributors take the approach that these challenges are much broader than setting parameters around pollution, and indeed go to the heart of the dominant global political economy. The authors also explore the values needed to transform our current economic system into a new economy supportive of ecological integrity, social justice, and vibrant democracy.

Law and Policy for a New Economy: Sustainable, Just, and Democratic will appeal to those interested in environmental law, climate change, environmental studies, political ecology and environmental economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786434517
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/26/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.12(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Melissa K. Scanlan, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Director of the Environmental Law Center and Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy Law Center, Vermont Law School, US

Table of Contents



1. Climate change, system change, and the path forward

Melissa K. Scanlan

Part I Paradigms for an Ecological Age

2. The joyful economy: rising up from the devastation of people and nature

James Gustave Speth

3. Environmentalism for the next economy

Jedediah Purdy

4. Reframing rights and responsibilities to prioritize nature

Catherine Iorns Magallanes and Linda Sheehan

5. The Nature’s Trust paradigm for a sustaining economy

Mary Christina Wood

Part II Practical applications

6. Three legal principles for organizations rebuilding the commons

Janelle Orsi

7. Reinventing law for the commons

David Bollier

8. New hopes and hazards for social investment crowdfunding

Jennifer Taub

9. Distributed renewables in the new economy: lessons from community solar development in Vermont

Kevin B. Jones and Mark James

10. Unlocking the energy commons: expanding community energy generation

Shalanda H. Baker

11. The decentralization of food policy and building a stronger food system

Diana R.H. Winters

12. Legal democracy: using legal design, technology and communications to reform food and agriculture systems

Laurie Ristino


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