Federalism and Environmental Policy: Trust and the Politics of Implementation / Edition 2

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This book explores the complex web of federal-state working relationships and their effect on the implementation of environmental policies. Scheberle develops an analytical framework to help understand the interactions among the federal agencies--the Office of Surface Mining (Department of the Interior) and the central and regional EPA offices--and state environmental officials. This book is unusual in that it looks at the implementation, at the extent to which the state and federal offices work together effectively, and not just the content of environmental policies.
The four cases are asbestos (updated to include the fallout from the WTC), surface coal mining, drinking water, and radon. The material on the wellhead protection program has been deleted to keep the size of the book down.
Since the first edition was published, there have been some major developments in the implementation of environmental policy. One is the devolution of environmental policy to states in the 1990s (as with so many other policy areas). There were also two new major directives that changed federal-state interactions, the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS) for the EPA (1996) and the new oversight policy for the Office of Surface Mining, the REG-8 directive of 1997. Her conceptual framework now includes two new elements, refocusing events and implementation energizers.
This revised edition has been extensively updated--Scheberle says that hardly a paragraph has remained unchanged. She has re-interviewed and surveyed the officials (or their replacements) who provided information for the first edition, and she compares their previous and current attitudes and opinions about state-federal working relationships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011007
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: American Governance and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Scheberle is a professor of political science in the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Table of Contents

1. Environmental Federalism and Federal-State Working Relationships Responses to Intergovernmental Working Relationships in the 1990sConcepts of FederalismNEPPS and the REG 8 DirectiveA Typology of Working RelationshipsConclusionsNotes

2. Implementing Environmental Laws Defining Implementation and Measuring PerformanceImplementation as a Game of StrategyImplementation as a StoryImplementation and Refocusing EventsImplementation EnergizersAn Implementation FrameworkDynamics of the ModelConclusions about ImplementationStudy Design and RationaleNotes

3. Unintended Consequences, Policy Retreat, and Refocusing Events in Asbestos Policy History of AsbestosHealth Risks Associated with AsbestosThe Government Responds to AsbestosLegal and Media Attention to Asbestos in the 1980sCongress Develops an Asbestos LawEPA Develops Asbestos RegulationsThe Early Years of Implementing AHERAImplementing AHERA TodayRefocusing Events: Libby, Montana, the World Trade Center and LitigationA View from the StatesConclusions about the Asbestos ProgramNotes

4. Survival of a Non-Regulatory Radon Program Radon and Known Health RisksA Perfect Triggering EventThe Indoor Radon Abatement Act, 1988Early and Persistent Challenges to Implementing IRAARegulatory and Non-Regulatory Programs Collide: Radon in Drinking WaterFunding State Programs and Leveraging with PartnershipsPerceptions of State Radon OfficialsConclusions about the Radon ProgramNotes

5. Implementing Drinking Water Regulations in a One-Size-Fits-All World Key Elements of the Safe Drinking Water ActPublic Water Supply SystemsSetting National Drinking Water StandardsAmendments of 1986 and 1996 to the Safe Drinking Water ActArsenic: a Case Study of the Politics of the SDWAImplementation Challenges and the Conceptual FrameworkPerceptions of State Drinking Water OfficialsEPA ResponsesConclusions about the Safe Drinking Water ProgramNotes

6. High Stakes, Small Wins, and Big Coal in the Surface Mining Program Wrestling with Issues of Control: the Primacy ApproachCoal Mining: East versus WestCoal Mining Techniques and Potential Environmental ConsequencesFormulating Federal Surface Mining PolicySMCRA Provisions and Implementation StoryThe Evolution of OSM OversightGetting Away from the "Gotcha" SyndromePerceptions of State Surface Mining OfficialsConclusionsNotes

7. Conclusions about Implementation and Working Relationships Pulling Together, Coming Apart, or Somewhere In-Between?Working Relationships among Headquarters, Regional, and State OfficialsA Tripartite ModelState "Wish Lists" for the FutureRegional "Wish Lists" for the FutureSuggestions for Getting to Relationships that "Pull Together"Implementing Environmental Laws and the Conceptual FrameworkNotes

Appendix: Research Sources and Methods


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