The Environmental Case: Translating Values Into Policy

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-04-15
  • Publisher: Cq Pr
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Environmental policy cannot be seen in just black and white, but instead contains many shades of gray. Environmental battles-even the most heated-are essentially conflicts among those with fundamentally different values, and how problems are framed in politics plays a central role in shaping how these values are translated into policies. Judith Layzer explores these two main themes in environmental policy making in the anticipated third edition of The Environmental Case. Through its 16 carefully constructed cases, the book gives readers a first-hand look at some of the most interesting and illuminating controversies in U.S. environmental policy making. New to this edition, Layzer expands the final section of her book to consider the issue of resilience in the face of a changing climate. This third edition features fully revised and updated case studies, as well as three brand-new cases: Cape Wind and Alternative Energy, Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay, and the restoration of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Lazyer provides maps, tables, figures, questions to consider, recommended readings, and useful websites to help students think critically about environmental policy and to facilitate further research.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining Problems in U.S. Environmental Politics
Tackling the Issue of Pollution
The Nation Tackles Pollution: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
Love Canal: Hazardous Waste and the Politics of Fear
Community Activism and Environmental Justice: The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
History, Changing Values, and Resource Management on Public Lands
Oil versus Wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Federal Grazing Policy: Some Things Never Change
Jobs versus the Environment: Saving the Northern Spotted Owl
Playground or Paradise? Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
Addressing Commons Problems
Crisis and Recovery in the New England Fisheries
Climate Change: The Challenges of International Environmental Policy Making
Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?
Trade versus the Environment: Dolphins, Turtles, and Global Economic Expansion
Antienvironmental Backlash and New Approaches: Incentives, Restoration, and Resilience
Backlash: Wise Use, Property Rights, and the Antienvironmental Movement
Market-Based Solutions: Acid Rain and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay
Making Tradeoffs: Urban Sprawl and the Evolving System of Growth Management in Portland, Oregon
Hurricane Katrina Hits New Orleans: Disaster, Restoration, and Resilience
Conclusions: Politics, Values, and Environmental Policy Change
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