Government Versus Environment / Edition 224

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Overview

Many Americans today view the government as the savior of the environment. When it comes to protecting land, fish, and wildlife, the common response is to let government do it. The contributors to Government Versus the Environment encourage us to consider government in a different light by looking at clear instances of public programs that foster environmental destruction. They provide an in-depth look at of how the political process can adversely impact the quality of our environment and argue that the government's track record in managing natural resources has been and continues to be abysmal. The case studies in Government Versus the Environment will cause readers to think twice about the all-too-familiar calls for more government for the sake of the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

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Educators in the environmental policy field will find this book a useful resource. . . . Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students; professionals.
From The Critics
Presents eight case studies in which U.S. government policy is implicated in negative environmental outcomes, in addition to one study of the World Bank. After an introductory chapter arguing that special interests working with political entrepreneurs are responsible for bad policy, chapters look at the banning of DDT, lack of property rights as the cause of overfishing, the encouragement of beachside development by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the government's encouragement of building in flood plains by offering federal flood insurance, and government programs attacking coyotes and prairie dogs. The implication is that the environment should be left to private interests. The editors are senior associates of the Political Economy Resource Center, a think tank funded by right-wing foundations such as the Sarah Scaife, Bradley, and Olin Foundations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Educators in the environmental policy field will find this book a useful resource. . . . Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students; professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742521803
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Political Economy Forum Series
  • Edition number: 224
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald R. Leal is senior associate at the Political Economy Research Center. Roger E. Meiners is professor of law and economics at the University of Texas at Arlington and director of research at the Political Economy Research Center.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Prologue
1 Greener Pastures? The Defective Attraction of Federal Environmental Policy 1
2 Silent Springs and Silent Villages: Pesticides and the Trampling of Property Rights 15
3 Fueling the Race to the Fish 39
4 Federal Flood Policies: 150 Years of Environmental Mischief 59
5 Unplugging the Everglades 79
6 War on Wildlife 97
7 The Untouchables: America's National Forests 123
8 Banking on Disaster: The World Bank and Environmental Destruction 145
9 All Play and No Pay: The Adverse Effects of Welfare Recreation 163
10 Castles in the Sand: The Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Beach Replenishment 179
Index 197
About the Political Economy Forum Series 203
About the Contributors 205
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