Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State, second edition

Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State, second edition

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Overview

Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State, second edition by Robert Paehlke

Bureaucracies, including large corporations and governmental agencies, are based on hierarchy and prone to secrecy. They encourage highly specialized forms of knowledge and structure themselves in compartmentalized ways. In stark contrast, environmental problems cut across all artificial divisions and boundaries.

Managing Leviathan illustrates the nature of environmental problems from genetically modified crops to climate change, from urban sprawl to toxic chemicals to trace pharmaceuticals in our water supply. Understanding these problems, and how they might be resolved, requires that we transcend the divisions of government, economy, and knowledge. Solutions often also require the mobilization of citizen knowledge and values. Are governments and bureaucracies up to the complex task? How might they adapt to be better suited to meet the new environmental challenges that continuously arise?

This extensively revised edition of Managing Leviathan expands from a North American to a global perspective and includes new articles on both European and Australian experiences as well as on transnational environmental issues. The overall pattern is remarkably clear: environmental administration demands integrative thinking and new forms of direct public involvement in governance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780921149545
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 05/01/1990
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Robert Paehlke is Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University. He has previously authored Environmentalism and the Future of Progressive Politics (Yale University Press, 1989 and 1991) and Democracy's Dilemma: Environment, Social Equity and the Global Economy (MIT Press, 2003 and 2004).

Douglas Torgerson is Professor and Director, Centre for Theory, Culture and Politics, at Trent University. He is the author of The Promise of Green Politics: Environmentalism and the Public Sphere (Duke University Press, 1999) and past editor of the journal Policy Sciences.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Part I: The Environment as an Administrative Problem

1. Environmental Administration: Revising the Agenda of Inquiry and Practice

Douglas Torgerson and Robert Paehlke

2. Obsolescent Leviathan: Problems of Order in Administrative Thought

Douglas Torgerson

3. Democracy and Environmentalism: Opening a Door to the Administrative State?

Robert Paehlke

Part II: Techniques and Processes of Environmental Administration

4. Ecological Reason in Administration: Environmental Impact Assessment and Green Politics

Robert V. Bartlett

5. Environmental Regulation and Risk-Benefit Analysis: From Technical to Deliberative Policy Making

Frank Fischer

6. Designs for Environmental Discourse Revisited: A Greener Administrative State?

John S. Dryzek

7. The Ambivalence of Discourse: Beyond the Administrative Mind?

Douglas Torgerson

Part III: The Politics of Environmental Administration

8. Class, Place, and Citizenship: The Changing Dynamics of Environmental Protection

Ted Schrecker

9. We Just Don't Know: Lessons about Complexity and Uncertainty in Canadian Environmental Politics

Robert Gibson

10. Environmental Politics and Policy Professionalism: Agenda-Setting, Problem Definition, and Epistemology

Douglas Torgerson

11. Depoliticizing Environmental Politics: Sustainable Development in Norway

Ingerid S. Straume

12. Democratic Deliberation and Environmental Policy: Opportunities and Barriers in Britain

Graham Smith

13. Outside the State: Australian Green Politics and the Public Inquiry into Uranium

Timothy Doyle

14. Participation and Agency: Hybrid Identities in the European Quest for Sustainable Development

Andrew Jamison

15. Responses to Environmental Threats in an Age of Globalization

Jennifer Clapp

16. Green Governance and the Green State: Capacity Building as a Political Project

Peter Christoff

Conclusion

17. Environmental Politics and the Administrative State

Robert Paehlke and Douglas Torgerson

Index

What People are Saying About This

Andrew Dobson

This classic of environmental social and political theory has been thoroughly reworked to take Leviathan out of North America and put it into the world. On this broad canvas the argument that greater public involvement and integrated governance are the foundations of more effective and more legitimate environmental policy seem utterly convincing. I hope that politicians as well as academics read this book.

David Anderson

This collection of writing goes to the heart of the fundamental structural challenge in environmental policy and management in modern developed societies. Anyone wishing to explore the cutting edge of environmental policy and management will find this book an invaluable tool.

The Honourable David Anderson

This collection of writing goes to the heart of the fundamental structural challenge in environmental policy and management in modern developed societies. Anyone wishing to explore the cutting edge of environmental policy and management will find this book an invaluable tool.

Peter Hay

My well-thumbed first edition of Managing Leviathan has been an invaluable teaching and research aide. Its pages contain several of the wisest of insights into the complex links between structures of government and environment regarding policy and regulatory outcomes. Now my reliable old friend has been superseded by an updated version, one that retains all the strengths of the parent, whilst adding new contributions that are as important as they are timely. The new edition will be welcomed by all those who share my belief that, in the vexed times in which we live, there is a pressing need to overcome government's structural bias against environmental imperatives. Managing Leviathan points to ways through this long-standing impasse. It deals—brilliantly—with subjects of surpassing importance. For those in search of planetary solutions, this book is essential reading.

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