Bruce Yandle has an uncanny ability to make sense out of hard problems. In this book, he makes sense out of what many people see as one of the hardest problems we face today: the environment. If you really want to understand the causes of environmental problems and the potential ways to solve them, the solution is simple —READ THIS BOOK; it only makes sense! (Bruce L. Benson, Florida State University)
In this brilliant volume Professor Yandle demonstrates that common law-the distillation of centuries of tried and true principles for allocating and protecting our natural resources-frequently offers a common sense alternative to ponderous and wasteful command and control regulatory program. This volume brilliantly captures with most uncommon insight the unique role of common law in bringing common sense to the protection of our nation's precious environment. (Roger J. Marzulla)
Yandle's book identifies how we got to the current situation and suggests a workable and effective alternative to the current state. (Todd J. Zywicki, George Mason University Constitutional Political Economy
Is there a way of approaching environmental problems that both recognizes the primacy of individual rights and the importance of limited government? Bruce Yandle . . . provides the best answer that I know of in his most recent book, Common Sense and Common Law
for the Environment. . . . This is an excellent book grounded in the real world. It neither ignores environmental problems nor assumes that mandated, centralized solutions will work simply because we want them to. . . . It is hard to think of a better book for gaining useful insights into practical solutions to our environmental problems. (Peter Hill, department of economics, Wheaton College The Freeman)
In the United States, statute and common law compete in addressing environmental problems. Bruce Yandle has distilled decades of distinguished teaching and research into a first-rate account, highly readable and rich with practical examples and case law, demonstrating the superiority of the common law within an economic system based on private property rights. (Louis De Alessi, University of Miami)
About the Author
Bruce Yandle is alumni professor and Southern National Bank Scholar at Clemson University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Political Limits of Environmental Regulation, and co-editor of Taking the Environment Seriously (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995) and Land Rights: The 1990s Property Rights Rebellion (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995).