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The Oxford Handbook of U. S. Environmental Policy

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Prior to the Nixon administration, environmental policy in the United States was rudimentary at best. Since then, it has evolved into one of the primary concerns of governmental policy from the federal to the local level. As scientific expertise on the environment rapidly developed, Americans became more aware of the growing environmental crisis that surrounded them. Practical solutions for mitigating various aspects of the crisis - air pollution, water pollution, chemical waste dumping, strip mining, and later ...

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Overview

Prior to the Nixon administration, environmental policy in the United States was rudimentary at best. Since then, it has evolved into one of the primary concerns of governmental policy from the federal to the local level. As scientific expertise on the environment rapidly developed, Americans became more aware of the growing environmental crisis that surrounded them. Practical solutions for mitigating various aspects of the crisis - air pollution, water pollution, chemical waste dumping, strip mining, and later global warming - became politically popular, and the government responded by gradually erecting a vast regulatory apparatus to address the issue. Today, politicians regard environmental policy as one of the most pressing issues they face. The Obama administration has identified the renewable energy sector as a key driver of economic growth, and Congress is in the process of passing a bill to reduce global warming that will be one of the most important environmental policy acts in decades.

The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy will be a state-of-the-art work on all aspects of environmental policy in America. Over the past half century, America has been the world's leading emitter of global warming gases. However, environmental policy is not simply a national issue. It is a global issue, and the explosive growth of Asian countries like China and India mean that policy will have to be coordinated at the international level. The book will therefore focus not only on the U.S., but on the increasing importance of global policies and issues on American regulatory efforts. This is a topic that will only grow in importance in the coming years, and this will serve as an authoritative guide to any scholar interested in the issue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199744671
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheldon Kamieniecki is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Michael E. Kraft is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction

1. The Evolution of Research on U.S. Environmental Policy
Sheldon Kamieniecki & Michael E. Kraft

Part 2. The Evolution of Environmental Policy:
Major Concepts, Ideas, and Movements

2. Environmental Politics and Policy in Historical Perspective
Richard N.L. Andrews

3. Green Political Ideas and Environmental Policy
WALTER F. BABER & ROBERT V. BARTLETT

4. Evolving Concepts of Sustainability in Environmental Policy
Lamont C. Hempel

5. Ethical Challenges in Environmental Policy
Robert C. Paehlke

6. Environmental Security and U.S. Politics
Richard A. Matthew

Part 3. Governing Capacity and Environmental Challenges

7. Capacity for Governance: Innovation and the Challenge of the Third Era
Walter A. Rosenbaum

8. U.S. Climate Change Politics: Federalism and Complexity
Henrik Selin & Stacy D. VanDeveer

9. Sustainable Development and Governance
DANIEL A. MAZMANIAN & LAURIE KAYE NIJAKI

10. United States International Environmental Policy
Elizabeth R. DeSombre

11. Global Environmental Policymaking
Kate O'Neill

Part 4. Government Institutions and Policymaking

12. Courts, Legal Analysis, and Environmental Policy
Timothy P. Duane

13. Congress and Environmental Policy
Michael E. Kraft

14. The American Presidency and Environmental Policy
Norman J. Vig

15. Environmental Bureaucracies: The Environmental Protection Agency
Daniel J. Fiorino

16. Bureaucracy and Natural Resources Policy
Craig W. Thomas

17. Defining Environmental Rulemaking
SARA R. RINFRET & SCOTT R. FURLONG

18. Environmental Federalism and the Role of State and Local Governments
Denise Scheberle

19. The Promise and Performance of Collaborative Governance
Andrea K. Gerlak, Tanya Heikkila, & Mark Lubell

Part 5. The Role of Informal Political Actors

20. Issue Framing, Agenda Setting, and Environmental Discourse
Deborah Lynn Guber & Christopher J. Bosso

21. Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the United States: A Bouquet of Multiple Dimensions
David P. Daniels, Jon A. Krosnick, Michael P. Tichy, & Trevor Tompson

22. Public Participation, Citizen Engagement, and Environmental Decision Making
Dorothy M. Daley

23. Organized Interests and Environmental Policy
Robert J. Duffy

24. Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Their Influence on Environmental Politics and Policymaking
AMY BELOW

Part 6. Policy Approaches and Analytic Tools

25. The Role of Market Incentives in Environmental Policy
Sheila M. Olmstead

26. Flexible Approaches to Environmental Regulation
Lori S. Bennear & Cary Coglianese

27. Ecosystem-Based Management and Restoration
Judith A. Layzer

28. The Use of Strategic Planning, Information, and Analysis in Environmental Policymaking and Management
Steven Cohen

29. Environmental Policy and Science
William Ascher & Toddi A. Steelman

30. Environmental Policy Evaluation and the Prospects for Public Learning
LAWRENCE SUSSKIND & ALEXIS SCHULMAN

Part 7: Conclusion

31. Research on U.S. Environmental Policy in the New Century
Michael E. Kraft & Sheldon Kamieniecki

Index

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