Common Sense and Common Law for the Environment

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By Bruce Yandle

People have always faced the challenge of living in a world with incomplete property rights, that part of the world known as "the commons." The book explains how two approaches have emerged for dealing with the commons: evolved rules based on common sense and common law provide one potential solution to the problem; statutes, regulation, and command and control--the law of politics--offer another category of solutions.

Common Sense and Common Law provides a rich story of common law, how it works to protect environmental rights, and how it has competed with politics to guard environmental and natural resources. The book notes a resurgence of common law and common law thinking and assesses future prospects for improving the legal environment that determines environmental outcome.

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Bruce Yandle is a consultant, writer and speaker on economics and political economy. He is Mercatus Center Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University and participates regulatory in the Center’s Capitol Hill lecture series. Yandle is Dean Emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business & Behavioral Science and...
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