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

36 Pages Posted: 26 May 2013

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Victor Byers Flatt

University of Houston Law Center; 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

Victor Byers Flatt (Contact Author)

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University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute ( email )

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