Prior to the Nixon administration, environmental policy in the United States was rudimentary at best. Since then, it has evolved into one of the primary concerns of governmental policy from the federal to the local level. As scientific expertise on the environment rapidly developed, Americans became more aware of the growing environmental crisis that surrounded them. Practical solutions for mitigating various aspects of the crisis - air pollution, water pollution, chemical waste dumping, strip mining, and later global warming - became politically popular, and the government responded by gradually erecting a vast regulatory apparatus to address the issue. Today, politicians regard environmental policy as one of the most pressing issues they face. The Obama administration has identified the renewable energy sector as a key driver of economic growth, and Congress is in the process of passing a bill to reduce global warming that will be one of the most important environmental policy acts in decades. The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy will be a state-of-the-art work on all aspects of environmental policy in America.
Over the past half century, America has been the world's leading emitter of global warming gases. However, environmental policy is not simply a national issue. It is a global issue, and the explosive growth of Asian countries like China and India mean that policy will have to be coordinated at the international level. The book will therefore focus not only on the U.S., but on the increasing importance of global policies and issues on American regulatory efforts. This is a topic that will only grow in importance in the coming years, and this will serve as an authoritative guide to any scholar interested in the issue.
MK: Professor and Chair of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay SK: Professor of Poltiical Science and Dean of Social Scienes, UC-Santa Cruz
Part 1. Introduction ; 1. The Evolution of Research on U.S. Environmental Policy ; Sheldon Kamieniecki & Michael E. Kraft ; Part 2. The Evolution of Environmental Policy: ; Major Concepts, Ideas, and Movements ; 2. Environmental Politics and Policy in Historical Perspective ; Richard N.L. Andrews ; 3. Green Political Ideas and Environmental Policy ; WALTER F. BABER & ROBERT V. BARTLETT ; 4. Evolving Concepts of Sustainability in Environmental Policy ; Lamont C. Hempel ; 5. Ethical Challenges in Environmental Policy ; Robert C. Paehlke ; 6. Environmental Security and U.S. Politics ; Richard A. Matthew ; Part 3. Governing Capacity and Environmental Challenges ; 7. Capacity for Governance: Innovation and the Challenge of the Third Era ; Walter A. Rosenbaum ; 8. U.S. Climate Change Politics: Federalism and Complexity ; Henrik Selin & Stacy D. VanDeveer ; 9. Sustainable Development and Governance ; DANIEL A. MAZMANIAN & LAURIE KAYE NIJAKI ; 10. United States International Environmental Policy ; Elizabeth R. DeSombre ; 11. Global Environmental Policymaking ; Kate O'Neill ; Part 4. Government Institutions and Policymaking ; 12. Courts, Legal Analysis, and Environmental Policy ; Timothy P. Duane ; 13. Congress and Environmental Policy ; Michael E. Kraft ; 14. The American Presidency and Environmental Policy ; Norman J. Vig ; 15. Environmental Bureaucracies: The Environmental Protection Agency ; Daniel J. Fiorino ; 16. Bureaucracy and Natural Resources Policy ; Craig W. Thomas ; 17. Defining Environmental Rulemaking ; SARA R. RINFRET & SCOTT R. FURLONG ; 18. Environmental Federalism and the Role of State and Local Governments ; Denise Scheberle ; 19. The Promise and Performance of Collaborative Governance ; Andrea K. Gerlak, Tanya Heikkila, & Mark Lubell ; Part 5. The Role of Informal Political Actors ; 20. Issue Framing, Agenda Setting, and Environmental Discourse ; Deborah Lynn Guber & Christopher J. Bosso ; 21. Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the United States: A Bouquet of Multiple Dimensions ; David P. Daniels, Jon A. Krosnick, Michael P. Tichy, & Trevor Tompson ; 22. Public Participation, Citizen Engagement, and Environmental Decision Making ; Dorothy M. Daley ; 23. Organized Interests and Environmental Policy ; Robert J. Duffy ; 24. Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Their Influence on Environmental Politics and Policymaking ; AMY BELOW ; Part 6. Policy Approaches and Analytic Tools ; 25. The Role of Market Incentives in Environmental Policy ; Sheila M. Olmstead ; 26. Flexible Approaches to Environmental Regulation ; Lori S. Bennear & Cary Coglianese ; 27. Ecosystem-Based Management and Restoration ; Judith A. Layzer ; 28. The Use of Strategic Planning, Information, and Analysis in Environmental Policymaking and Management ; Steven Cohen ; 29. Environmental Policy and Science ; William Ascher & Toddi A. Steelman ; 30. Environmental Policy Evaluation and the Prospects for Public Learning ; LAWRENCE SUSSKIND & ALEXIS SCHULMAN ; Part 7: Conclusion ; 31. Research on U.S. Environmental Policy in the New Century ; Michael E. Kraft & Sheldon Kamieniecki ; Index