Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Environmental law in the UK

William Turner, The City (1961)
Ben Christman recently posted "A brief history of environmental law in the UK", in which he discusses what he sees as "four key ages of UK environmental law":

  • industrialisation: public health and pollution
  • after World War II: planning
  • late 20th century: sustainable development, internationalisation and neoliberalism
  • 21st century: democracy, devolution and decarbonisation
Though I'm not sure I would agree with his claim that "industrial pollution and sanitation were easy victories with straightforward win–win solutions that often enjoyed broad political support", the piece is a concise and thoughtful survey and analysis of the subject.

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