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January 1971



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Introduction: By its nature the air pollution problem presents a suitable framework for an analysis of the concept of interest." Air pollution is a complex social and political problem as well as a complex scientific and technological one. This article will attempt to determine if the concept of interest is a concept through which satisfactory solutions to complex problems maybe derived. It is around the concept of interest that many of our legal institutions are created. In addition, interest and combination of interests are used to explain and predict social change. Lawyers often see their role solely as the representatives of interests. This article will explore the effectiveness of legal institutions organized about the concept of interest by analyzing the development, composition, and functioning of a particular set of legal institutions created to respond to the air pollution problem: state air pollution control boards.