The Essence of Free Market Environmentalism: Protection through private property

Bill Wirtz


In the 21st century, public policy actors are increasingly confronted with environmental questions that, as for now, have been solved through actions of state-control. This paper studies the theories and practicality of free market environmentalism and its fundamental difference with current regulatory systems. The research focuses on the conceptualisation of property rights by different economists and philosophers and seeks to illustrate how policies relying on a consistent defence of property rights or the absence of state actors altogether could indeed be beneficial.


Sustainability; Free Market; Private Property; Environmentalism

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