Negotiating the Interface of Environmental and Economic Governance: Nova Scotia's Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act

35(1) Dalhousie Law Journal (2012)

30 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012 Last revised: 10 Jan 2013

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William Lahey

Dalhousie University

Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; World Maritime University (WMU); Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The year 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA). The Act is an experiment in improving government performance in promoting sustainable prosperity through the process of setting legislative goals and enhancing accountability. This article provides an overview of the Act and an assessment of its performance over these first five years. As such, it supplies the context for the other contributions to the collection of essays on EGSPA in this issue of the Journal. The authors conclude that the Act has had a positive impact on government action on sustainable prosperity and that there is room for improvement, particularly with respect to the overall goal of integrating environmental protection with economic prosperity. The article concludes by offering some recommendations to strengthen the Act.

Suggested Citation

Lahey, William and Doelle, Meinhard, Negotiating the Interface of Environmental and Economic Governance: Nova Scotia's Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (2012). 35(1) Dalhousie Law Journal (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164282

William Lahey

Dalhousie University ( email )

6225 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7
Canada

Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
6061 University Ave
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

World Maritime University (WMU) ( email )

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P. O. Box 500
Malmö, Skane 20124
Sweden

Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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