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Too Big to Jail or Too Abstract (or Rich) to Care

36 Pages Posted: 26 May 2013  

Victor Byers Flatt

University of Houston Law Center; University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law; University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute

Date Written: May 23, 2013

Abstract

Why has environmental enforcement waned as environmental harms continue to grow bigger? This article, part of a symposium on enforcement of laws in the environmental and financial sectors, posits that a change in perceived immediacy of environmental harm, coupled with a change in communitarian attitudes, contributes to the lack of enforcement rigor.

Keywords: environmental law, environmental enforcement, communitarian ideals, climate change, environmental rights, economic disparity, individualization, cost-benefit analysis

JEL Classification: A13, B30, D31, D61, D62, D63, D64, G18, H11, H23, H30, H41, I18, J17, K13, K23, K32, O13, P16, Q25

Suggested Citation

Flatt, Victor Byers, Too Big to Jail or Too Abstract (or Rich) to Care (May 23, 2013). Maryland Law Review, Vol. 72, p. 101, 2013; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2269808. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2269808

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