Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy / Edition 2

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This book reviews and assesses environmental policy over the past three decades--primarily in the United States but with implications for other nations. The editors place U.S. environmental policy within the framework of the transition from 1970s-era policies that emphasized federally controlled regulation, through a period of criticism and efficiency-based reform efforts, to an emerging era of sustainability in which decisionmaking takes place increasingly at the local and regional levels. The book looks at what does and does not work and how social, economic, and environmental goals can be integrated through policy strategies grounded in the concept of sustainability.

Toward Sustainable Communities uses six case studies to illustrate innovative strategies in specific policy areas: air pollution control, water pollution control, land use, transportation, urban redevelopment, and regional ecosystem management. The contributors assess such new approaches as the use of market incentives and collaborative decisionmaking and place these experiments in the larger framework of the still-evolving transition to community sustainability.

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"A further improvement of an already excellent book. The authors make several particularly significant contributions to the study of America's sustainable growth movement: they place the evolution of sustainability policies within a coherent historical and conceptual context accessible to lay readers and specialists; they illuminate the nation's subnational governments as 'the policy and idea incubators of the nation' in sustainability policymaking; and their analysis nicely combines discussion and evaluation of substantive policy and conceptual issues. The updated, expanded coverage of subnational sustainability policies is supplemented by a very useful, enlarged discussion of important policy research questions posed by the book. Not least important, the book's lucid and cogent style makes it an excellent teaching resource." —Walter A. Rosenbaum, Interim Director, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262134927
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel A. Mazmanian is Professor of Public Policy at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs Emeritus and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and BoXes
I Introduction
1 The Three Epochs of the Environmental Movement
Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft
2 Conceptual and Analytical Challenges in Building
Sustainable Communities
Lamont C. Hempel
II Transitional Approaches in Conventional MediaBased
Environmental Policies
3 Los Angeles' Transition from CommandandControl to
MarketBased Clean Air Policy Strategies and Implemetation
Daniel A. Mazmanian
4 Clean Water and the Promise of Collaborative Decision
Making: The Case of the FoXWolf Basin in Wisconsin
Michael E. Kraft and Bruce N. Johnson
5 Local OpenSpace Preservation in California
Daniel Press
III Toward Community and Regional Sustainability: Leading
EXamples of the Transformation Process
6 The Challenge of the Environmental City: A Pittsburgh
Case Study
Franklin Tugwell, Andrew S. McElwaine, and Michele Kanche Fetting
7 ISTEA and the New Era in Transporation Policy:
Sustainable Communities from a Federal Initiative
Thomas A. Horan, Hank Dittmar, and Daniel R. Jordan
8 Sustainability in a Regional ConteXt: The Case of the
Great Lakes Basin
Barry G. Rabe
IV Overview and Implications for a Sustainable Future
9 Conclusions: Toward Sustainable Communities
Michael E. Kraft and Daniel A. Mazmanian
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