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The Shift from Consumer Protection to Consumer Empowerment and the Consequences for Sustainable Consumption

  • Patrícia Galindo da Fonseca
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the evolution of Consumer Law, and the transformation of modes of consumption. Originally, the objective of Consumer Law was to protect and promote the interests of consumers, to inform them about their rights and to ensure their representation in the bodies where decisions concerning them are made. The new Consumer Law now also aims to change consumer behaviour, making them aware of the ecosystem’s fragility through the adoption of sustainable consumption patterns. The goal of this paper is to discuss the integration of environmental concerns into Consumer Law, which is far from complete, through the insertion of the concept of collectiveness that is present on both domains.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrícia Galindo da Fonseca
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  1. 1.Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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