Stewardship, the Common Good, and Resource Management: Socio-Economic, Legal, and Philosophical Challenges
19 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2009
Date Written: November 13, 2009
The Public Trust Doctrine, long acknowledged as an important legal tool in natural resource management, is shaped and directed by the public or common good. How inclusive or exclusive this good is acknowledged to be is determined legislatively or judicially and depends upon a complex utilitarian (cost/benefit) calculus which is underpinned by intricate socio-economic, legal, and philosophical vectors of force. A framework for determining the calculus is presented in this paper.
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