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Re-Thinking Green: Alternatives to Environmental Bureaucracyby Robert Higgs
Synopses & Reviews
Environmental quality has been a major public concern since the first Earth Day in 1970, yet the maze of environmental laws and regulations enacted since then has fostered huge government bureaucracies better known for waste and failure than for innovation and success.
Can we do better than this failed environmental bureaucracy? The noted contributors to this volume answer with a resounding "yes."
Re-Thinking Green exposes the myths that have contributed to failed environmental policies and proposes bold alternatives that recognize the power of incentives and the limitations of political and regulatory processes. It addresses some of the most hotly debated environmental issues and shows how entrepreneurship and property rights can be utilized to promote environmental quality and economic growth.
Re-Thinking Green will challenge readers with new paradigms for resolving environmental problems, stimulate discussion on how best to "humanize" environmental policy, and inspire policymakers to seek effective alternatives to environmental bureaucracy.
Book News Annotation:
Advocating public choice as an alternative to environmental regulation, economists, philosophers, and business scholars discuss such perspectives the nearly self-fulfilling doomsday forecast, global warming and its dangers, environmental colonialism in Africa, urban planning as creeping socialism, market-base environmentalism, and how environmental economics encroaches on religion.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Eco-industrial parks, endangered species, entrepreneurship and coastal resource management, global warming, population growth, and regulation are among the hot topics examined in this review of environmental policies. Scholars such as Stephen M. Colarelli, Loren E. Lomasky, Craig S. Marxsen, Randal O'Toole, Sarah Peterson, and Richard L. Stroup consider the adoption of "free-market environmentalism" and offer new paradigms through which to view environmental policy. Contending that the existing maze of environmental laws and regulations have fostered huge government bureaucracies better known for waste and failure than innovation and success, this book dispels the economic and political misconceptions that permeate the national and international dialogue on the environment.
About the Author
Robert Higgs is the author of Competition and Coercion, Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, and The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914 and the editor of Hazardous to Our Health and Arms, Politics and the Economy. He is a senior fellow in political economy at the Independent Institute and editor of the Institutes quarterly journal, The Independent Review. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carl P. Close is the academic affairs director at the Independent Institute and is an assistant editor of The Independent Review. He lives in Oakland, California.
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