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Environmental Politics and Policy

Twelfth Edition


October 2022 | 352 pages | CQ Press
Walter A. Rosenbaum's classic Environmental Politics and Policy, Twelfth Edition, provides definitive coverage of environmental politics and policy, lively case material, and a balanced assessment of current environmental issues. The newly streamlined 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 global policymaking on issues like climate change and trans-boundary politics. The Twelfth Edition includes updated case studies and a look at the transition in environmental policies between the Trump and Biden administrations, offering students a current and relevant look at the continuing challenge of reconciling sound science with practical politics.

 
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

 
 
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

 
 
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

 
 
Chapter 4: Common Policy Challenges
Risk Assessment and Environmental Justice

 
A Toxic Nightmare From Toyland?

 
Risk Assessment and the Limits of Science

 
Risk Assessment Reconsidered: The Precautionary Principle

 
Risk and Discrimination: The Problem of Environmental Justice

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 5: More Choice
The Battle Over Regulatory Economics

 
The Benefit–Cost Debate

 
Regulation Strategies: Command and Control Versus the Marketplace

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
Drinking Water

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
 
Chapter 8: Energy
America’s Energy Politics in Transformation

 
The Foundation: A Fossil Fuel Nation

 
Petroleum: A Revived Economy

 
Natural Gas and the Gas “Boom”

 
Coal: The Promise and Perils of Abundance

 
Fossil Fuel Alternatives: Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
 
Chapter 10: The Politics and Policy of Global Climate Change
A New Era of Climate Policy

 
Science and Climate Warming

 
The U.S. National Climate Assessment

 
The Domestic Politics of Climate Change

 
The Difficult Quest for an International Climate Agreement

 
Deadlock Over Domestic Climate Emission Controls

 
The Uncertain Future of U.S. Climate Policy

 
Conclusion

 
 
List of Abbreviations
 
Notes
 
Index
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • New discussion of the transformation in environmental policy between the Trump and Biden administrations, with analysis of the resulting consequences.
  • A newly reorganized and streamlined first half of the book more clearly illustrates the essential components of the policymaking process.
  • Comprehensively updated case studies and other examples throughout the book bring contemporary issues into focus.
 

KEY FEATURES: 

  • A balanced assessment of current environmental issues helps readers understand key issues and controversies.
  • Lively case material shows readers how environmental policy and politics plays out in the real world.
  • Updated tables and figures illustrate key environmental information.
  • A detailed timeline frames the initial chapter's historical narrative of evolving environmental policy. 

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