Environmental policy is broadly viewed as an oasis of democracy, unspoiled by crass capitalism and undominated by corporate interests. This book counters that view. The focus of Corporate Power and the Environment is on how U.S. economic elites-corporate decisionmakers and other individuals of substantial wealth-shape the content and implementation of U.S. environmental policy to their economic and political benefit. The author uses the management of the national forests and national parks, as well as wilderness preservation policies and federal clean air policies, as case studies to show corporate power in action in even the "purest" of policy arenas.
George A. Gonzalez is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and coeditor of Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking: Controversies in Achieving Sustainability.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Policymaking Process Chapter 3 "Practical" Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service Chapter 4 The Political Economy of the National Park System Chapter 5 Wilderness Preservation Policy: The Cases of Yosemite Park and Jackson Hole Chapter 6 Anatomy of a Wilderness Controversy: The Creation of Redwood National Park Chapter 7 The Legislative Process and the Clean Air Act of 1990 Chapter 8 Conclusion: Political Power and the Environment Chapter 9 Bibliography