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New Accountability_ Environmental Responsibility Across Borders by Michael R. Mason

Author(s):       Mason, Michael

ISBN No.:       9781844070671     Pages:  222      Year:   200412   Format:           eBook   Price:   £27.49

Synopsis:  The first book to examine transnational accountability for environmental harm and what can be done to make polluters pay * Provides real, effective policy framework and applications of cross-border environmental accountability * Invaluable for researchers, policy-makers, NGOs, activists, students and all others affected by transboundary pollution The growth of pollution that crosses national borders represents a significant threat to human health and ecological sustainability. Various international agreements exist between countries to reduce risks to their populations, however there is often a mismatch between national territories of state responsibility and transboundary hazards. All too often state priorities do not correspond to the priorities of the people affected by pollution, who often have little recourse against major polluters, particularly transnational corporations operating across national boundaries. Drawing on case studies, “The New Accountability” provides a fresh understanding of democratic accountability for transboundary and global harm and argues that environmental responsibility should be established in open public discussions about harm and risk. Most critically it makes the case that regardless of nationality, affected parties should be able to demand that polluters and harm producers be held accountable for their actions and if necessary provide reparations.

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