Connecting with political power: social movement activism and environmental law

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Hutton, Drew and Connors, Libby. 1999. "Connecting with political power: social movement activism and environmental law." Griffith Law Review. 8 (2), pp. 227-234.
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Connecting with political power: social movement activism and environmental law

ERA Journal ID33364
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHutton, Drew (Author) and Connors, Libby (Author)
Journal TitleGriffith Law Review
Journal Citation8 (2), pp. 227-234
Number of Pages8
Year1999
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN1038-3441
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=20001790;res=AGISPT
Abstract

What can historians of the environment movement offer those
interested in environmental law? The two fields are so disparate that we thought we should provide a brief outline of the nature of social movements before discussing interconnections and the common interest in aspects of law reform. Social movements are notoriously unstable and fluid phenomena and their history and influence can only be understood in the light of this temperament. Yet they aim to extend the limits of the social system, which brings them directly into the legal arena. This article briefly outlines the nature of the environment movement and its need to connect with political power. It then discusses some of the environment movement's recent struggles in Queensland in order to highlight the many obstacles that social movements face in their interactions with political power. Even when successful, environmental victories can be undermined by public servants who fail to enforce new environmental laws and standards. We conclude that the environment movement has to fight not only for environmental reform, but also for increased accountability measures.

Keywordsactivism; obstruction; Queensland; environmental law reform; enforcement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440704. Environment policy
480299. Environmental and resources law not elsewhere classified
440805. Environmental politics
Byline AffiliationsQueensland Greens, Australia
School of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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