Inequality, Social Resilience and the Green Economy

86 University of Missouri-Kansas City L. Rev. 1 (2018)

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-13

32 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018 Last revised: 11 Dec 2018

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Sidney A. Shapiro

Wake Forest University School of Law

Robert R. M. Verchick

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Date Written: April 19, 2018

Abstract

Environmental advocates have rebutted the “job-killing regulation” manta of regulatory critics with evidence showing government regulation produces as many or more new jobs than the jobs that are lost. Many of the workers who lose their jobs, however, are unlikely to transfer to the new jobs generated by regulation. Early environmental advocates were concerned about such distributional effects, and we argue that environmentalists should again focus on these impacts.

Our essay offers a vision of how both the regulatory and welfare states focus on a common purpose of social resiliency, which refers to a populations’ capacity to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of misfortunate and change. The goal of regulation, according to this concept, is to protect people from environmental risks, a protection that builds social resilience. This connection is often overlooked by both environmental and human needs advocates. Both should also recognize address the downside of these protections — the loss of jobs. Regulation can be designed to minimize this downside, but if not, environmental advocates should join human needs advocates in seeking the expansion of human needs programs that address the loss of social resilience.

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Sidney A. and Verchick, Robert R. M., Inequality, Social Resilience and the Green Economy (April 19, 2018). 86 University of Missouri-Kansas City L. Rev. 1 (2018); Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3165525

Sidney A. Shapiro (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States
336-758-5430 (Phone)

Robert R. M. Verchick

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ( email )

7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 901
Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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