Business and Environmental Policy: Corporate Interests in the American Political System

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It is well known that American businesses make an effort to influence environmental policy by attempting to set the political agenda and to influence regulations and legislation. This book examines what is not so well known: the extent to which business succeeds in its policy interventions. In Business and Environmental Policy, a team of distinguished scholars systematically analyzes corporate influence at all stages of the policy process, focusing on the factors that determine the success or failure of business lobbying in Congress, state legislatures, local governments, federal and state agencies, and the courts. These experts consider whether business influence is effectively counterbalanced by the efforts of environmental groups, public opinion, and other forces.

The book also examines the use of the media to influence public opinion-as in the battle over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-and corporations' efforts to sway elections by making campaign contributions. Because the book goes well beyond the existing literature-much of which is narrow, descriptive, and anecdotal-to provide broad-based empirical evidence of corporate influence on environmental policy, it makes an original and important contribution and is appropriate for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.

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"A sophisticated, comprehensive, and informative analysis of the role of business in shaping American environmental policy. This collection of essays makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex political, legal, and institutional dynamics that underlie the making and implementation of environmental regulation, as well as the political role and influence of business in American politics." David Vogel, Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science,University of California, Berkeley

" Business and Environmental Policy offers a lucid,timely, and insightful analysis of the complex and varied roles that business can play in environmental policy making. These essays provide a refreshing look at a subject to which conventional wisdom does not always apply. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature on environmental politics, as well as that on business and government more generally." Daniel J. Fiorino ,American University

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Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs Emeritus and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Sheldon Kamieniecki is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author or editor of many other books.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Analyzing the Role of Business in Environmental Policy   Michael E. Kraft   Sheldon Kamieniecki     3
Agenda Setting: Public Opinion, the Media, and Elections     33
Framing ANWR: Citizens, Consumers, and the Privileged Position of Business   Deborah Lynn Guber   Christopher J. Bosso     35
Business, Elections, and the Environment   Robert J. Duffy     61
Policy Formulation and Adoption: The U.S. Congress     91
Deep Freeze: How Business Has Shaped the Global Warming Debate in Congress   Judith A. Layzer     93
Congress and Clean Air Policy   Gary C. Bryner     127
Policy Implementation in Administrative Agencies     153
Businesses and the Environment: Influencing Agency Policymaking   Scott R. Furlong     155
Business Interests and Information in Environmental Rulemaking   Cary Coglianese     185
Policy Intervention through the Courts     211
Business and Environmental Policy in the Federal Courts   Paul S. Weiland     213
Industry's Use of the Courts   Lettie McSpadden     233
Policymaking at the State and Local Level     263
Business Influence in State-Level Environmental Policy   Barry G. Rabe   Philip A. Mundo     265
Local Business and Environmental Policies in Cities   Kent E. Portney     299
Overview and Implications for the Future     327
Conclusions: The Influence of Business on Environmental Politics and Policy   Sheldon Kamieniecki   Michael E. Kraft     329
Index     349
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