Environmental Politics: Interest Group, the Media, and the making of Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

At every stage, environmental policy is the result of the combat of stakeholders interested in, and affected by, the problem being addressed and the range of possible solutions. The combatants include any or all of the following: the federal government, environmental advocacy groups, and business, the media, the scientific community, think tanks, NGOs of every stripe, trade associations and professional organizations, and even state and local governments, each of whom have their own interests in the resulting policy.

Environmental Politics: Interest Groups, the Media, and the Making of Policy discusses political battles over the environment from ground level - as they are fought in legislative chambers, the daily newspaper, on television, and, increasingly, on the Internet. The text explores environmental politics as a clash of interests, not ideologies, and environmental policy as a result of the reconciliation of those interests.

The author covers not only the conventional aspects of the policymaking process but more recent and less recognized elements and developments such as:

  • Proliferation of legislative riders and monument designations as major environmental strategies
  • Evolving role of the media, from science popularizer to agenda setter
  • Growing influence on both Congress and the public of conservative and libertarian foundations and think tanks
  • Devolution of environmental power from the Federal to state governments
  • Metamorphosis of EPA in a business-driven regulatory revolution
  • Effect of globalization on US environmental policy
  • Newly emerging role of the precautionary principle in marrying science and politics
  • Increasing role of the Internet in promoting populist issues and promoting the decentralization of the environmental power structure

No other book covers the politics of the environment the way this one does. Written by an expert with 25 years of experience in environmental policymaking, Environmental Politics: Interest Groups, the Media, and the Making of Policy gives you an insider's view of how policies are forged. By examining these issues through an interest group lens, this book not only accounts for what policies have been adopted but also shows how you can influence policy and effect change.

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Providing an insider's view of the tug-of-war that is environmental politics, Miller (environmental studies, Rollins College), who worked for the legislature and the Department of Environmental Protection in New Jersey, explains how environmental regulations are subjected to pulls from groups with divergent interests. The media's role in bringing issues to the attention of the public, changes in the EPA under various administrations, input from scientists, and the attitudes of state and local governments come under scrutiny. A final chapter discusses the Internet's importance in bringing environmental issues to the public. Each chapter is followed by a one-paragraph summary of its main concepts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566705523
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Changing Landscape of Environmental Politics
Legislation: Leveling the Playing Field and Leveraging the Process
Environmental Regulation and the Reinvention of EPA
The Media Business and Environmental Politics
Uncertain Science - Uncertain Politics
State and Local Governments: The "Other" Interest Groups
The Shifting Tides of Environmental Advocacy
The Greening of Business: Politics for Profits
Global Pressures and Domestic Environmental Politics
On-line Activism and the New Environmental Politics

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