Reconstructing Environmental Governance

Reconstructing Environmental Governance

The Chance to Choose a Better Future

Rick Reibstein


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Environmental law can be made preventive and efficient, and it can enlist willing compliance before using the punishing hand, creating a constructive relationship between the governing and the governed. The “adversarial” relationship for which environmental regulation is famous is appropriate for those unwilling to comply, but not appropriate for the many well-meaning regulated entities.

This book explains how these, and other principles of reformed environmental law have been demonstrated successfully but the lessons of success have not been learned. The approach of the book is to collate examples of environmental governance, policy-making and ethics and demonstrate paths towards a more progressive environmental and climate agenda.


Rick Reibstein:
Richard (Rick) Reibstein teaches environmental law at Boston University, and has taught at Clark, Northeastern, Suffolk, MIT, and Harvard Extension and Summer schools. Reibstein has published many articles on environmental law and policy. He is the winner of the following awards: Healthy Kids Hero, (2016); Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (2015); Environmental Merit Award, Individual Category, Region I New England (2000); and Al Gore’s Hammer Award for Reinvention in Government (1998). While at the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance his work was key to the success of projects that won two Ford Foundation awards for Innovations in State and Local Government and state awards for excellence in government. He created and edits the following websites: The Environmental Citizen; A Public Conversation on Lead; and his BU Class “Research for Environmental Agencies and Organizations”