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Description - Regulating Pollution by Chris Hilson

This work aims to provide a comprehensive picture of UK and EC pollution regulation. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to regulation, which seeks to move beyond the sociological and economic frameworks within which pollution regulation has typically been analysed in the UK. The UK and EC regulatory systems are examined within the context of "regulatory federalism". The aim of this is to explore how and why regulatory decisions concerning pollution are taken at different levels of a federal regulatory hierarchy. The book begins with a discussion of the essentials of pollution regulation, including traditional economic justifications for regulation and non-economic ones based on environmental ethics. It goes on to examine subsidiarity and the appropriate level for regulation - a particularly topical issue in the light of recent devolution within the UK. Models of regulatory decision-making are then addressed, comparing the rigours of "ecologism" with the cost-benefit based alternative of "economism" and the more participatory style of "republicanism". Other chapters include: a comparison of the various regulatory techniques in terms of the values of accountability, equality, certainty, efficiency and effectiveness; an examination of regulatory enforcement, covering such issues as accountability for enforcement decisions, corporate liability and strict liability; and a critical analysis of the so-called "co-operative approach".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841130941
ISBN-10: 184113094X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 26-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Chris Hilson

Chris Hilson is Professor of Law at The University of Reading.