Corporate Power and the Environment: The Political Economy of U.S. Environmental Policy / Edition 1

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Environmental policy is broadly viewed as an oasis of democracy, unspoiled by crass capitalism and undominated by corporate interests. This book counters that view. The focus of Corporate Power and the Environment focuses on how U.S. economic elites—corporate decisionmakers and other individuals of substantial wealth—shape the content and implementation of U.S. environmental policy to their economic and political benefit. The author uses the management of the national forests and national parks, as well as wilderness preservation policies and federal clean air policies, as case studies to show corporate power in action in even the "purest" of policy arenas.

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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
Gonzalez's examples are fascinating and informative.
Sheldon Kamieniecki
This thoughtful and provocative study does an excellent job explaining how economic elites have significantly influenced American environmental policymaking over time. Professor Gonzalez's book challenges traditional arguments by pluralists and offers new and exciting insights into how environmental policy is really made in the U.S. This book is must-reading for all students in public policy.
Corporate Power and the Environmentprovides an important first step in the application of critical theories of the state to environmental scholarship. As such, it is an essential addition to curriculums on environmental policy and environmental history.
Perspectives on Political Science
Recommended for students in public policy and for anyone interested in environmental issues and the policymaking process.
Corporate Power and the Environment makes for very interesting reading due to its extensive use of congressional records, newspaper accounts, memoirs, personal correspondence, and other primary materials.
Journal of Politics
This study does succeed in several important respects. Its presentation of both theoretical and historical material is clear, making the book suitable for use as a companion text in undergraduate public policy or environmental policy classes. It offers a wealth of information about the formation of policy regimes in a variety of environmental and natural resource policy arenas, which, taken together, mount a persuasive case that environmental policy is no "oasis of democracy", free from corporate influence. Of particular importance is its discussion of the effect of policy-planning networks on environmental policy formation. This is a subject that has received scant attention in previous literature and is justly emphasized here.
Political Studies
Gonzalez's examples are fascinating and informative.
Political Science Quarterly
Refreshing in its unusual criticism of main stream pluralist assumptions about environmental politics and policy.
American Political Science Review
Lucid and well-written.
Environmental Politics
Gonzalez's text provides a dense and readable account of some of the early influences that shaped the US Forestry Service. A competent and concise introduction to the topic.
Perspectives On Political Science
Recommended for students in public policy and for anyone interested in environmental issues and the policymaking process.
Corporate Power and The Environment
An excellent and fascinating study.
Organization and Environment
The empirical work here is excellent, with strong case studies of forestry, national parks, and the Clean Air Act of 1990.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742510852
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/9/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George A. Gonzalez is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and coeditor of Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking: Controversies in Achieving Sustainability.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Policymaking Process Chapter 3 "Practical" Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service Chapter 4 The Political Economy of the National Park System Chapter 5 Wilderness Preservation Policy: The Cases of Yosemite Park and Jackson Hole Chapter 6 Anatomy of a Wilderness Controversy: The Creation of Redwood National Park Chapter 7 The Legislative Process and the Clean Air Act of 1990 Chapter 8 Conclusion: Political Power and the Environment Chapter 9 Bibliography

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