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    Economic imaginaries and environmental regulation

    Hamlyn, Olivia (2024) Economic imaginaries and environmental regulation. The Modern Law Review , ISSN 0026-7961.

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    While literature has explored the influence of imagination and economic thought on (environmental) law, less attention has been paid to the influence of the economic imagination – specifically economic imaginaries – and their capacity to shape environmental regulation. Taking EU pesticides policy and regulation as a case study and drawing on theory regarding the performative power of imaginaries, this piece identifies economic imaginaries expressed in EU policy and demonstrates how those imaginaries have shaped that policy to pursue economic growth and competitiveness. It examines the evolution of a key piece of pesticides legislation and charts how establishing measures to pursue those economic goals gradually prevails, while providing for transparency – a crucial principle for supporting environmental protection – is deprioritised. It argues that these developments were driven by the EU’s economic imaginaries and shows how economic considerations can subtly and indirectly undermine environmental protection.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): environmental law, regulation, EU law, economic imaginaries, imagination, pesticides
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Research in Environment and Sustainability, Centre for
    Depositing User: Olivia Hamlyn
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 12:32
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 10:08


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