Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management

Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management

by Robert H. Nelson, Sally K. Fairfax
     
 

One of the leading experts on public lands and land rights issues, Robert H. Nelson here brings together a collection of his finest essays. Nelson demonstrates that the 'progressive' goal of achieving scientific management of public lands has not been realized; instead, public land management has been dominated by interest group politics and ideology.See more details below

Overview

One of the leading experts on public lands and land rights issues, Robert H. Nelson here brings together a collection of his finest essays. Nelson demonstrates that the 'progressive' goal of achieving scientific management of public lands has not been realized; instead, public land management has been dominated by interest group politics and ideology.

Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Addresses some of the most relevant resource policy debates in the late 1990's. . . . As historical perspective and interpretation, this volume deserves a place on the bookshelves of those interested in western public lands and national forest management.
William E. Riebsame
Nelson's book offers more new ideas and challenges to our thinking than any other recent work on the public lands. Anyone interested in the growing debate about public lands needs to read it, and read it soon. I can't think of anyone who has challenged public lands policy in such a thoughtful and intelligent way.
Philip M. Burgess
Professor Nelson provides a powerful yet easy-to-read view of how the dark side of the Progressive Movement—centralization, professionalization, bureaucratization—evolves into the pretensions of 'scientific management' and the hubris of 'ecosystem management' to the detriment of one-third of the nation's land. Here's a useful guide for those who would reform the way we use public lands.
Donald Snow
Anyone who has struggled to make sense of the history of public lands management in the American West will want to read Robert Nelson's Public Lands and Private Rights.
Marion Clawson
An informative, interesting, and stimulating analysis of the federal lands of the United States. Whether one accepts or rejects his analysis and his conclusions, no one interested in public land management can afford to ignore this book.
Journal Of Economic Literature
Professor Nelson develops policy reforms that should make Public Lands and Private Rights must-reading for the entire Congress.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Nelson takes a bold approach in analyzing public lands policy and the failure of scientific management . . . he presents a solid list of policy issues and questions that must be put on the table to ensure that the public lands of this nation are protected and used wisely for future generations.
American Journal Of Agricultural Economics
Addresses some of the most relevant resource policy debates in the late 1990's. . . . As historical perspective and interpretation, this volume deserves a place on the bookshelves of those interested in western public lands and national forest management.
The Yale Law Journal
Provides an intellectual springboard for anyone looking to rethink, retool, or even dismantle the federal land management system. The proposals outlined in the book could provide ammunition for conservative reformers as they turn to public lands.
Journal Of Policy Analysis & Management
Nelson takes a bold approach in analyzing public lands policy and the failure of scientific management . . . he presents a solid list of policy issues and questions that must be put on the table to ensure that the public lands of this nation are protected and used wisely for future generations.
Journal of Economic Literature
Professor Nelson develops policy reforms that should make Public Lands and Private Rights must-reading for the entire Congress.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847680085
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/03/1995
Series:
Political Economy Forum Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.09(d)

What People are saying about this

Philip M. Burgess
Nelson provides a powerful yet easy-to-read view of how the dark side of the Progressive Movement—centralization, professionalization, bureaucratization—evolves into the pretensions of 'scientific management' and the hubris of 'ecosystem management' to the detriment of one-third of the nation's land. Here's a useful guide for those who would reform the way we use public lands.
William E. Riebsame
Nelson's book offers more new ideas and challenges to our thinking than any other recent work on the public lands. Anyone interested in the growing debate about public lands needs to read it, and read it soon. I can't think of anyone who has challenged public lands policy in such a thoughtful and intelligent way.
Donald Snow
Anyone who has struggled to make sense of the history of public lands management in the American West will want to read Robert Nelson's Public Lands and Private Rights.
Marion Clawson
An informative, interesting, and stimulating analysis of the federal lands of the United States. Whether one accepts or rejects his analysis and his conclusions, no one interested in public land management can afford to ignore this book.

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >