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Environmental Politics and Policy

Tenth Edition


August 2016 | 424 pages | CQ Press
Walter A. Rosenbaum’s classic Environmental Politics and Policy, Tenth Edition once again 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 transboundary politics.  Covering major environmental policy initiatives and controversies during President Obama's two terms and capturing the sudden and radical changes occurring in the American energy economy, this Tenth Edition offers the needed currency and relevancy for any environmental politics course.
 
Figures, Tables, Boxes, and Maps
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1. After Earth Day
“Frack, Baby, Frack”

 
The 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
The White House and the Greenhouse

 
The Policy Cycle

 
Constitutional Constraints

 
Incrementalism

 
Interest Group Politics

 
Environmentalism and Its Critics

 
The Public and Environmentalism

 
The Special Place of Science in Policymaking

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 3. Making Policy: 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 Political Anatomy of Command-and-Control Regulation

 
Regulating Air Quality

 
Regulating Water Quality

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 7. A Regulatory Thicket: Toxic and Hazardous Substances
An Ambiguous Inheritance

 
Federal Law: 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 Battle for Public Lands
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Public Land Politics at a Boil

 
A History of Contested Access

 
The Public Domain

 
Conflicts Over Multiple Use

 
The Pluralistic Politics of the Public Lands

 
The Fate of the Forests

 
How Much Wilderness Is Enough?

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 10. Climate Change, Domestic Politics, and the Challenge of Global Policymaking
The Contested Science of Atmospheric Warming

 
The Domestic Setting of Climate Change Politics

 
Transboundary Environmental Politics

 
From Kyoto to Paris

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
List of Abbreviations
 
Index

Environmental Politics and Policy is well written and accessible for students. The new material on the impact and fallout from the BP oil spill, the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, as well as further discussion of the legacy of evolving governance after the Kyoto Protocol updates the book well.  The historical narrative of evolving environmental policy is also useful. Rosenbaum’s book has been a useful guide into this critical domain over a number of editions, and students will continue to consult it with benefit for their studies.”

Richard Kotter
Northumbria University

“I highly recommend Environmental Politics and Policy. I’ve assigned multiple editions in undergraduate and graduate courses in political science, environmental studies, and policy analysis.  With each new edition comes thoroughly and thoughtfully updated coverage of critical issues. Timely discussion is devoted to the increasing partisan polarization in Congress and the implications for the environmental agendas of forward-thinking leaders, proponents of alternative energy, and climate change activists.”

Bradley Clark
Fort Lewis College

?“Tony Rosenbaum has created a real gem of a text in Environmental Politics and Policy. Over the years, I have come to rely heavily on the text in both my undergraduate and graduate courses. The writing is clear and very accessible even to policy novices, and students find the case study examples particularly useful and engaging. I suggest to my students that the text is scalable–you could skim it and still gain a breadth of understanding about the American policymaking process, or you could slow down and really dig into the details to develop a robust understanding of our complex and dynamic system. This is a text worth spending time with to mine its wealth of information.” 

Damian C. Adams
School of Forest Resources & Conservation

“One of the biggest strengths of Environmental Politics and Policy is it manages to fit in plenty of historical examples, statistics, and examples, while seeming to “tell a story.” While relevant data and statistics are provided to substantiate the topics presented and to provide context for them, it does not descend into a boring, dry recount of facts and figures. It manages to clearly explain the topics, while not losing the students’ interest. For example, in the opening chapter, the author manages to slip in facts on fracking and the various constituencies involved, while explaining a localized, current controversy in a way that makes it seem as though he is explaining the plot of a recent movie. I think it is very accessible for students because the way the problems are explained is provided in a humanized and informal way.” 

Leda Barnett
Our Lady of the Lake University

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Walter A. Rosenbaum

Walter A. Rosenbaum is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Florida and director emeritus of the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service. His recent activities include an analysis of the EPA’s capacity for climate change regulation, prepared for the Brookings Institution; an examination of the data requirements for a new Federal Environmental Legacy Act; preparation of an energy policy text for CQ Press; and an analysis of U.S.energy governance for MIT Press. He has also served as a staff member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an adjunct professor in the School of Public... More About Author

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