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Stewardship, the Common Good, and Resource Management: Socio-Economic, Legal, and Philosophical Challenges

19 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2009  

George P. Smith II

Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law

Date Written: November 13, 2009

Abstract

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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Smith, George P., Stewardship, the Common Good, and Resource Management: Socio-Economic, Legal, and Philosophical Challenges (November 13, 2009). CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1517204

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