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Why environmental policies fail

Jan Laitos (Author)
"Proposing environmental policy which is consistent with the laws of nature, this book is for those who are not just interested in the ways humans have harmfully altered their environment, but instead wish to learn why the many governmental policies in place to curb such behaviour have been unsuccessful. Since humans began to exploit natural resources for their own economic ends, we have ignored a central principle - nature and humans are not separate but are a unified interconnected system, where neither is superior to the other. Policy must reflect this reality. We failed to follow this principle in exploiting natural capital without expecting to pay any price and in hurriedly adopting environmental laws and policies that reflected how we wanted nature to work, instead of how it does work. This study relies on more accurate models for how nature works and humans behave"-- Provided by publisher
eBook, English, 2017
Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2017
1 online resource
9781316417249, 9781316343326, 1316417247, 1316343324
999728415
Part I. Nature: Humans and their Environmental Surroundings
1. The gardener and the sick garden
Part II. Nature: A History and Assessment of Environmental Policies
2. Four troubled eras of environmental policies
3. An assessment: environmental policies have failed
Part III. Why Environmental Policies Fail I
Faulty Assumptions behind Environmental Rules
4. A false worldview
5. Failed model #1: how nature works
6. Failed model #2: how to value nature
7. Failed model #3: how humans behave
Part IV. Why Environmental Policies Fail II
8. A narrative of failed environmental strategies
Part V. Environmental Policy Must Obey the Fundamental Laws of Nature
9. Nature and symmetry
10. Toward a new legal alignment of humans and nature
Epilogue
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