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How can we make sense of environmental law? Our legislators churn out great undigestible masses of statutes about the environment, which in turn are interpreted by mounds of regulations, all densely packed with bizarre terms and opaque acronyms. One way to simplify this forbidding regulatory mass is to envision our environmental controls as exemplars or paradigms of a few generic strategies for managing resources. Through the use of these paradigms we can compare and critically analyze the strategies they represent.

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