Conserving Data in the Conservation Reserve: How a Regulatory Program Runs on Imperfect Information

Conserving Data in the Conservation Reserve: How a Regulatory Program Runs on Imperfect Information

by James Hamilton
     
 

Enrolling over 30 million acres, the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is the largest conservation program in the United States. Under the guidelines of the CRP, the federal government pays farmers to stop farming their land in hope of advancing a variety of conservation goals, including the reduction of soil erosion, improvement of water quality, and

See more details below

Overview

Enrolling over 30 million acres, the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is the largest conservation program in the United States. Under the guidelines of the CRP, the federal government pays farmers to stop farming their land in hope of advancing a variety of conservation goals, including the reduction of soil erosion, improvement of water quality, and creation of wildlife habitat. In Conserving Data in the Conservation Reserve, James T. Hamilton asks how the creation and distribution of information about what is going on across these millions of enrolled acres has influenced the development of the program itself. Drawing upon original interviews with regulators, new data from Freedom of Information Act requests, and regulatory filings, Hamilton brings together and analyzes the streams of information impacting the variety of stakeholders in the CRP. More broadly, the book explores the role of information, including "hidden information" in the design and implementation of regulatory policy.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933115825
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Ken Cook xi

Introduction 1

1 Information through the Policy Cycle 7

2 Defining the Environmental Benefits Index 24

3 Interpteting the Conservation Reserve Program in the Field(s) 47

4 The Mechanics of Monitoring: GAO, Congress, and the Federal Register 59

5 The Environmental Working Group Pulls the Pieces Together 78

6 Media Coverage and Academic Analyses: Cycles of Praise and Criticism 91

7 Information and Regulatory Implementation 109

Notes 123

References 131

Index 145

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >