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

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This analysis of U.S. environmental policy offers a conceptual framework that serves as a valuable roadmap to the array of laws, programs, and approaches developed over the last four decades. Combining case studies and theoretical discussion, the book views environmental policy in the context of three epochs: the rise of command-and-control federal regulation in the 1970s, the period of efficiency-based reform efforts that followed, and the more recent trend toward sustainable development and integrated approaches at local and regional levels. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the new approaches and places these experiments within the larger framework of an emerging trend toward community sustainability. Toward Sustainable Communities assesses environmental policy successes and failures at the subnational, regional, and state levels and offers eight case studies of policy arenas in which transformations have been occurring—from air and water pollution control and state and local climate change policy to open space preservation, urban growth, and regional ecosystem management.

It discusses the various meanings of sustainability and whether the concept can serve as a foundation for a new era of environmental policy. The second edition has been substantially updated, with five new chapters (including the chapter on climate change) and all other chapters revised and shortened. It is suitable as a primary or secondary text for environmental policy courses and as a resource for scholars and policymakers.

Contributors: Elisa Barbour,Michele M. Betsill, Daniel J. Fiorino, Marc Gaden, Lamont C. Hempel, Michael E.

Kraft, William D. Leach, Mark Lubell, Daniel A. Mazmanian, Nicole Nakagawa, Kent E.

Portney, Daniel Press, Paul A. Sabatier, Barry G. Rabe, Michael B. Teitz

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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: 9780262512299
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 924,069
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 3.10 (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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