The Great Lakes of North America are one of the world's most important natural resources. Home to more than 33 million Canadians and Americans, and the source of vast quantities of fish, hydroelectric energy, and usable water, they are also increasingly the site of severe environmental degradation and resource contamination. This study analyzes how well governments and other stakeholders are addressing this critical problem.Using original findings from surveys, interviews, and other documents, Mark Sproule-Jones looks at how various levels of government, particularly the bureaucracies of two national, one provincial and 8 state governments, are attempting to restore the environment in the Great Lakes. He examines the modest successes and major failures, identifying the kinds of institutions that promote sound decision making.This analysis, which clearly demonstrates the need for new rules and institutions to address environmental pollution in the Great Lakes, should be required reading for policy makers, politicians, businesspeople, and environmentalists.
Mark Sproule-Jones is a professor of political scienceat McMaster University.
Figures and Tables Acknowledgments Acronyms 1. Introduction 2. History of the Key Uses of the Great Lakes 3. Institutions and Rules for the Environment of the Great Lakes 4. Common Pools and Multiple Uses 5. From Common Property to the Institutional Analysis of RemedialAction Plans 6. Patterns of Behaviour 7. Conclusion: Promises and Performances Appendices References Index