An understanding of environmental law’s means and ends makes it possible to understand the field as a whole, both in terms of the overall structure of statutes and relationships between means and ends. This analysis of means and ends yields a host of valuable insights and significant research questions. It also provides an important foundation for evaluating proposed regulatory reforms. A reasonably complete theory, at a minimum, should also explain key features of the enforcement regime and the allocation of authority among governments. The theory of means and ends articulated here constitutes a very substantial step forward in constructing a positive theory of environmental law as a whole.
Driesen, David M.
"The Ends and Means of Pollution Control: Toward a Positive Theory of Environmental Law,"
Utah Law Review: Vol. 2017
, Article 2.
Available at: https://dc.law.utah.edu/ulr/vol2017/iss1/2