Who Controls Public Lands?: Mining, Forestry, and Grazing Policies, 1870-1990 / Edition 2

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Overview

In this historical and comparative study, Christopher McGrory Klyza explores why land-management policies in mining, forestry, and grazing have followed different paths and explains why public-lands policy in general has remained virtually static over time. According to Klyza, understanding the different philosophies that gave rise to each policy regime is crucial to reforming public-lands policy in the future. Klyza begins by delineating how prevailing policy philosophies over the course of the last century have shaped each of the three land-use patterns he discusses. In mining, the model was economic liberalism, which mandated privatization of public lands; in forestry, it was technocratic utilitarianism, which called for government ownership and management of land; and in grazing, it was interest-group liberalism, in which private interests determined government policy. Each of these philosophies held sway in the years during which policy for that particular resource was formed, says Klyza, and continues to animate it even today.
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Classic scholarship. . . . Very readable.

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A fresh analysis.

Norman Vig, Carleton College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845677
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher McGrory Klyza is associate professor of political science and director of the program in environmental studies at Middlebury College. He is coeditor of The Future of the Northern Forest.
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