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Invasive Species in a Globalized WorldEcological, Social, and Legal Perspectives on Policy$
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Reuben P. Keller, Marc W. Cadotte, and Glenn Sandiford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226166049

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226166216.001.0001

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There Ought to Be a Law! The Peculiar Absence of Broad Federal Harmful Nonindigenous Species Legislation

There Ought to Be a Law! The Peculiar Absence of Broad Federal Harmful Nonindigenous Species Legislation

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(p.327) Chapter Fifteen There Ought to Be a Law! The Peculiar Absence of Broad Federal Harmful Nonindigenous Species Legislation
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Invasive Species in a Globalized World
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Marc L. Miller

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226166216.003.0015

No comprehensive framework federal legislation exists to deal with the problem of harmful non-indigenous species. In the late 1960s and 1970s, the United States Congress enacted most of what are considered the “framework” environmental laws—broad legislation that set a policy and regulatory framework for significant dimensions of the natural and human environment. But none of these laws address the broad problem of harmful invasive species. As the problem of harmful invasive species have become more widely noticed, the federal and state legal response remains inadequate. This chapter summarizes the federal legal landscape for invasive species, and notes the paradox of a fair number of laws that touch on invasive species directly or indirectly, but the continued existence of big gaps. The chapter surveys theories of legislation to answer the question why this significant environmental challenge has not seen a broad legislative response.

Keywords:   invasive species, United States, legislation, policy, organic law, legal framework

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