Wisdom of the Spotted Owl: Policy Lessons for a New Century / Edition 1

Wisdom of the Spotted Owl: Policy Lessons for a New Century / Edition 1

by Steven Lewis Yaffee
     
 

<p>The controversy over the management of national forests in the Pacific Northwest vividly demonstrates the shortcomings of existing management institutions and natural resource policies. The Wisdom of the Spotted Owl explores the American policy-making process through the case of the spotted owl - a case that offers a striking illustration of the failure of our… See more details below

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<p>The controversy over the management of national forests in the Pacific Northwest vividly demonstrates the shortcomings of existing management institutions and natural resource policies. The Wisdom of the Spotted Owl explores the American policy-making process through the case of the spotted owl - a case that offers a striking illustration of the failure of our society to cope with long-term, science-intensive issues requiring collective choices.<p>Steven Lewis Yaffee analyzes the political and organizational dynamics from which the controversy emerged and the factors that led to our stunning inability to solve it. He examines the state of resource management agencies and policy processes, providing insight into questions such as: <ul> <li>What caused the extreme polarization of opinion and lack of communication throughout the 1980s and early 1990s? <li>How can the inadequate response of government agencies and the failure of the decision-making process be explained? <li>What kinds of changes must be made to enable our resource policy institutions to better deal with critical environmental issues of the 1990s and beyond? </ul> By outlining a set of needed reforms, the book will assist those who are involved in re-creating natural resource agencies and public policy processes for the challenges of the next century. In explaining the policy-making process - its realities and idiosyncrasies – The Wisdom of the Spotted Owl provides a framework for understanding policies and institutions, and presents a prescription for change to allow for more effective handling of current and future environmental problems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559632041
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
1
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ABOUT ISLAND PRESS,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Preface,
Introduction,
ONE - The Evolution of the Spotted Owl Controversy,
1 - The Birth of a Controversy: 1945—1977,
2 - Muddling Through: 1978—1981,
3 - New Science, New Directives, More Muddling: 1981—1984,
4 - The Forest Service's Last Stand: 1985—1989,
5 - All Hell Breaks Loose: 1989–1993,
TWO - Learning from History,
6 - Tough Choices: A Difficult Issue under Any Circumstances,
7 - Avoiding Tough Choices: American Decisionmaking Processes,
8 - Influencing Tough Choices: Actors in American Decisionmaking Processes,
9 - Insufficient Policies and Misleading Politics,
10 - Grounded in the Past: Agency Values and Management Approaches,
THREE - Policy Implications for the 1990s and Beyond,
11 - The Context for Change,
12 - Building More Effective Agencies and Decisionmaking Processes,
13 - Building Better Policies,
Notes,
Glossary of Acronyms,
Index,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR,
ISLAND PRESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS,

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