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The Environmental Case

The Environmental Case
Translating Values Into Policy

3rd Edition

April 2011 | 616 pages | CQ Press
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.

Introduction: Defining Problems in U.S. Environmental Politics
Part 1. 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
Part 2. 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
Part 3. 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
Part 4. 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

The Environmental Case continues to lead the field of
undergraduate-friendly texts, providing theoretical frameworks and
detailed case studies of domestic and international environmental
events. The cases, which include Love Canal, environmental justice,
fishing practices, and urban sprawl, include data from a variety of
sources, questions for discussion, recommended readings, and relevant
web sites. The book facilitates environmental politics courses by
providing multiple cases in a single, affordable text, and I believe it
will continue to serve as a standard for the future

Daniel P. Aldrich
Purdue University

Judith Layzer’s The Environmental Case is an
indispensable book for my environmental policy and politics course. The
introduction develops the guiding framework, namely that divergent
problem definitions — stemming from intractable value conflicts — remain
at the heart of U.S. environmental battles. Layzer’s fascinating and
well chosen case studies are so versatile and valuable that her book now
serves as a replacement for — rather than a supplement to — the leading
textbook in my course

Daniel Lipson
Kalamazoo College

The book presents great case studies that students can use for their critical analysis of environmental problems.

Dr Darlene Gutierrez
Department of Geography, University of the Philippines
December 18, 2011

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Judith Amanda Layzer

Judith A. Layzer was professor of environmental policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until her death in 2015. She earned a Ph.D. in political science at MIT. After four years at Middlebury College in Vermont she returned to MIT, where she taught courses in science and politics in environmental policymaking, ecosystem-based management, food systems and the environment, urban sustainability, energy and environmental politics, and public policy.Layzer’s research focused on several aspects of U.S. environmental politics, including the roles of science, values, and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781604266122