ERROL MEIDINGER is Associate Professor of Law and Jurisprudence at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His primary substantive interest is in the social organization of the natural environment. He has published on subjects such as social impact assessment, interrupted time series analysis, eminent domain, environmental policy, and regulatory enforcement.
On Explaining the Development of ‘Emissions Trading’ in U.S. Air Pollution Regulation
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Law & Policy
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 447–479, October 1985
How to Cite
MEIDINGER, E. (1985), On Explaining the Development of ‘Emissions Trading’ in U.S. Air Pollution Regulation. Law & Policy, 7: 447–479. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9930.1985.tb00362.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Over the past decade the legal-administrative framework of United States air pollution regulation has changed from one based almost entirely on “command control” mechanisms to one allowing considerable use of “transferrable pollution permits.” This article traces the process of that change, suggests why it may be a very significant one, and proposes a social explanation for it. Perhaps its most important explanatory proposition is that market mechanism regulation may reflect the formation and rise of a new “regulatory culture” likely to affect the form and substance of regulation more generally.