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Governmentality, Law, Public Interest and the Environment

Goodie, J. (2003) Governmentality, Law, Public Interest and the Environment. In: The Australian Sociology Association (TASA) Conference (2003), 4-6 December 2003, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia pp. 1-10.

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The legal regulation of the environment is exemplary of the formation, practice and challenge of modern legal discourse and governance. The latter part of the twentieth century has seen the emergence of environmentalism and the problematization of the environment in terms of the management of hazard and risk. The social authority of law to endorse and regulate governmental programmes has meant that it has been inevitably implicated in the contestation and negotiation of environmental governance. In turn, environmental governance and discourse have required a certain refiguring of legal rationality. Legal discourse has been confronted by the immanent critique of environmentalism. In this paper I reflect upon the formation and limits of legal discourse about protection of the environment.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: The Australian Sociology Association
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