How do social norms influence legal processes and policies? Political scientist Leigh Raymond is searching for answers to this question—through his own research at Purdue, and by bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and staff. One of his primary goals is to understand the environmental impacts of legal decisions.
Raymond, director of the Purdue Center for the Environment, explains that the Center, part of Purdue’s Global Sustainability Institute, “is a major home of interdisciplinary, problem-driven research and teaching that is focused on some of the world’s largest environmental problems.” In other words, the Center for the Environment unites researchers from the College of Liberal Arts and other colleges on campus in order to develop ecologically, socially, and technologically fitting solutions to environmental issues.
Raymond’s own research focuses primarily on farming, property rights, and the influence of economics on legal policies. In particular, Raymond’s forthcoming book, Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons: Explaining Norm-Driven Policy Change addresses how commonly held beliefs and ideas can help us understand how policies governing emissions are changing.