The past several decades have witnessed a growing recognition that environmental concerns are essentially property rights issues. Despite agreement that an absence of well-defined and consistently enforced property rights results in the exploitation of air, water, and other natural resources, there is still widespread disagreement about many aspects of America's property rights paradigm. The prominent contributors to Who Owns the Environment? explore numerous theoretical and empirical possibilities for remedying these problems. An important book for environmental economists and those interested in environmental policy.
About the Author
Peter J. Hill is professor of economics at Wheaton College, where he holds the George F. Bennett Chair. He is a senior associate at the Political Economy Research Center. He is the coauthor of Eco-Sanity: A Common Sense Guide to Environmentalism (Madison Books) and coeditor of numerous books, including Wildlife in the Marketplace (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995) and The Privatization Process (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996). Roger E. Meiners is professor of law and economics at the University of Texas at Arlington and a senior associate at the Political Economy Research Center. He is the coauthor of Gridlock in Government: How to Break the Stagnation of America and Managing in the Legal Environment, and coeditor of many books, including Taking the Environment Seriously (Rowman & Littlefield, 1993).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Property Rights and Externalities: Problems and Solutions Chapter 2 Private Property Rights as the Basis for Free Market Environmentalism Chapter 3 Property Rights, the Environment, and Economic Well-Being Chapter 4 Property Rights as a Natural Order: Reciprocity Evolutionary and Experimental Considerations Chapter 5 The Common Law and the Environment: The Canadian Experience Chapter 6 Coase, Pigou, and Environmental Rights Chapter 7 Existence Values and Other of Life's Ills Chapter 8 From Stakeholders to Stockholders: A View from Organizational Theory Chapter 9 Habitat Preservation: A Property Rights Perspective Chapter 10 Viewing Wildlife through Coase-Colored Glasses Chapter 11 Cooperating on the Commons: Case Studies in Community Fisheries Chapter 12 The Constitutional Protection of Private Property Chapter 13 Index