Environmental Federalism

Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill, Editors

Twenty-five years of centralization has produced "one-size-fits-all" environmental regulations which are extremely costly. While recognizing that most externalities cross state boundaries, the authors argue that most problems can be solved at the state or local level and consider a range of resource issues, including land, water, wildlife, pesticides, and pollution. There is no evidence that state or local control results in a "race to the bottom," with bad policy driving out good. The devolution of environmental policy to lower levels of government is an idea whose time has come.

Contributors: Terry Anderson Karol Ceplo Sally Fairfax David Haddock Peter Hill Dean Lueck Andrew Morriss Robert Nelson David Schoenbrod Barton Thompson Bruce Yandle Jonathan Yoder

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P. J. Hill is Professor of Economics Emeritus at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where he currently resides. He is the co-author, with Terry L. Anderson and Douglass North of Growth and Welfare in the American Past, with Terry Anderson of The Birth of a...
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Terry L. Anderson is a senior fellow at PERC and the former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing...
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