Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law
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Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law

Edited by Bridget M. Hutter

This insightful book considers how the law has adapted to the environmental challenges of the 21st Century and the ways in which it might be used to cope with environmental risks and uncertainties whilst promoting resilience and greater equality. These issues are considered in social context by contributors from different disciplines who examine some of the experiments tried in different parts of the world to govern the environment, improve the available legal tools and give voice to more diverse groups.
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Chapter 11: Risk, resilience, inequality and environmental law: prospects and obstacles

Bridget M. Hutter


This concluding chapter draws out the main theoretical and analytical themes identified in the book that help us to expand our theoretical understanding of risk, resilience and inequality as it relates to environmental law. It reflects on issues associated with the role of law in managing the environment in the 21st Century and what we can say about pragmatic policy concerns, such as the experiments discussed in different chapters and their applicability to different social and economic contexts of environmental regulation. The attractions of resilience approaches are discussed alongside the difficulties of implementation. These include the challenges posed by multi-level governance and reducing the inequalities associated with environmental control. The chapter argues for risk and resilience strategies as complementary and working together and it signals the importance of experimentation in environmental governance approaches.

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