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Environmental Politics and Policy

Eleventh Edition


352 pages | CQ Press
Walter A. Rosenbaum’s classic Environmental Politics and Policy provides definitive coverage of environmental politics and policy, lively case material, and a balanced assessment of current environmental issues. The first half of the book sets needed context and describes the policy process while the second half covers specific environmental issues such as air and water; toxic and hazardous substances; energy; and a global policymaking chapter focused on climate change and trans-boundary politics. The eleventh edition includes updates on the Trump administration's initiatives and controversies with regard to environmental policy, offering the currency and relevancy needed for any environmental politics course.
 
Figures, Tables, Boxes, and Maps
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1 • After Earth Day
“Frack, Baby, Frack”

 
America’s Environmental Legacy

 
The Evolution of U.S. Environmentalism

 
Ongoing Challenges: Present and Future

 
Plan for the Book

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 2 • Making Policy: The Process
Protecting the Bee: The Pathways of Policy

 
The Policy Cycle

 
Constitutional Constraints

 
Incrementalism

 
Interest Group Politics

 
The Environmental Movement: Confronting the Challenge of Change

 
Environmentalism and Its Critics

 
The Public and Environmentalism

 
The Special Place of Science in Policymaking

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 3 • Making Policy: Governmental Institutions and Politics
The Water War Called WOTUS

 
The Presidency

 
Congress: Too Much Check, Too Little Balance

 
The Bureaucracy: Power Through Implementation

 
The Courts: The Role of Appraisal

 
The Political Environment of Environmental Policymaking

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 4 • Common Policy Challenges: Risk Assessment and Environmental Justice
A Toxic Nightmare From Toyland?

 
Risk Assessment and the Limits of Science

 
What Risks Are Acceptable?

 
Risk Assessment Reconsidered: The Precautionary Principle

 
Risk and Discrimination: The Problem of Environmental Justice

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 5 • More Choice: The Battle Over Regulatory Economics
The Benefit–Cost Debate

 
Regulation Strategies: Command and Control Versus the Marketplace

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 6 • Command and Control in Action: Air and Water Pollution Regulation
The Politics of Command-and-Control Regulation

 
Regulating Air Quality

 
Current Controversies in Air-Quality Regulation

 
Regulating Water Quality

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 7 • A Regulatory Thicket: Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Toxic and Expensive: The Stringfellow Waste Site

 
The Growth of Federal Toxics Regulation

 
Federal Law: Toxics Regulation From the Cradle to the Grave?

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 8 • Energy: America’s Energy Politics in Transformation
The Foundation: A Fossil Fuel Nation

 
Natural Gas and the Gas “Boom”

 
Coal: The Promise and Perils of Abundance

 
Fossil Fuel Alternatives: Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 9 • 635 Million Acres of Politics: The Contested Resources of Public Lands
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Public Land Politics at a Boil

 
The Department in the Middle

 
The Public Lands

 
Conflicts Over Multiple Use

 
The Fate of the Forests

 
How Much Wilderness Is Enough?

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 10 • The Politics and Policy of Global Climate Change
Science and Climate Warming

 
The Domestic Politics of Climate Change

 
The Difficult Quest for an International Climate Agreement

 
Deadlock Over Domestic Climate Emission Controls

 
The Clouded Future of U.S. Climate Policy

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
List of Abbreviations
 
Index

Environmental Politics and Policy is the most engaging book for teaching U.S. Environmental Policy, and the best way to teach the process of making policy.”

Ninian R. Stein
Tufts University

“[The text] provides a good overview of domestic environmental policymaking at the federal level. The book fits nicely into my style/format of teaching the course.”

 
Robert Holahan
Binghamton University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: After Earth Day

Chapter 2: Making Policy: The Process


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