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Misplaced Distrust: Policy Networks and the Environment in France, the United States, and Canada

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Citizens of industrialized countries largely share a sense that their national governance is inadequate, believing not only that governments are incapable of making the right policy decisions, but also that the entire network of state and civil society actors responsible for the discussion, negotiation and implementation of policy choices is untrustworthy.

Using agro-environmental policy development in France, the United States, and Canada as a case study, Eric Montpetit sets ...

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Overview

Citizens of industrialized countries largely share a sense that their national governance is inadequate, believing not only that governments are incapable of making the right policy decisions, but also that the entire network of state and civil society actors responsible for the discussion, negotiation and implementation of policy choices is untrustworthy.

Using agro-environmental policy development in France, the United States, and Canada as a case study, Eric Montpetit sets out to investigate the validity of citizens' mistrust through careful attention to the policy-making performance of the relevant policy networks. He concludes that distrust in policy networks is, for the most part, misplaced because high levels of performance by policy networks are more common than citizens appear to expect. Moreover, his analysis reveals that policy networks providing for a participation in governance to powerful interest groups and strong government bureaucracies are more likely to succeed in producing sound environmental policies for agriculture.

A timely and crucial contribution to the good governance debate, this book should be required reading for policy-makers and politicians, as well as students and scholars of public policy, political science, environmental studies, and government.

University of Washington Press

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Michael Howlett

Drawing on extensive primary research and interviews with key decision makers and participants, Eric Montpetit has produced a first—class comparative study of state—network interactions in the area of agro—environmental policy making in the US, Canada, and France.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774809085
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables viii
Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
1 Introduction 3
2 Assessing Policy-Making Performance 20
3 Networks and Performance 37
4 France: A Shift from Low- to High-Level Performance 54
5 The United States: Performance in the Absence of Intergovernmental Coordination 71
6 Canada: Stalled at a Low Performance Level 90
7 Misplaced Distrust 105
Notes 123
Bibliography 139
Index 147
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