You are here

The Environmental Case
Share

The Environmental Case
Translating Values Into Policy

Fourth Edition


632 pages | CQ Press
Answers to environmental issues are not black and white. Debates around policy are often among those with fundamentally different values, and the way that problems and solutions are defined plays a central role in shaping how those values are translated into policy. The Environmental Case captures the real-world complexity of creating environmental policy, and this much-anticipated Fourth Edition contains fifteen carefully constructed cases. Through her analysis, Editor Judith Layzer systematically explores the background, players, contributing factors, and outcomes of each case, and gives readers insight into some of the most interesting and controversial issues in U.S. environmental policymaking.
 
Chapter 1: A Policymaking Framework: Defining Problems and Portraying Solutions in U.S. Environmental Politics
Two Critical Features of U.S. Environmental Policymaking

 
Major Actors in Environmental Policymaking

 
The Environmental Policymaking Process

 
Case Selection

 
Getting the Most Out of the Cases

 
Notes

 
 
Part 1: Regulating Polluters
 
Chapter 2: The Nation Tackles Air and Water Pollution: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 3: Love Canal: Hazardous Waste and the Politics of Fear
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 4: Ecosystem-Based Management in the Chesapeake Bay
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 5: Market-Based Solutions: Acid Rain and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Part 2: History, Changing Values, and Natural Resource Management
 
Chapter 6: Oil Versus Wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 7: Federal Grazing Policy: Some Things Never Change
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 8: Jobs Versus the Environment: Saving the Northern Spotted Owl
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 9: Playground or Paradise? Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 10: Crisis and Recovery in the New England Fisheries
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 11: The Deepwater Horizon Disaster: The High Cost of Offshore Oil
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Part 3: New Issues, New Politics
 
Chapter 12: Climate Change: The Challenges of International Environmental Policymaking
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 13: Cape Wind: If Not Here, Where? If Not Now, When?
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 14: Fracking Wars: Local and State Responses to Unconventional Shale Gas Development
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 15: Making Tradeoffs: Urban Sprawl and the Evolving System of Growth Management in Portland, Oregon
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 16: Hurricane Katrina Hits New Orleans: Disaster, Restoration, and Resilience
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 17: Conclusions: Politics, Values, and Environmental Policy Change
The Strength of the Status Quo

 
Legislative Policy Change

 
Administrative Policy Change

 
Acknowledging the Role of Values

 
Notes

 

“This book has an excellent thematic framework and fine coverage of U.S. environmental politics over time. The case studies are superb and a great teaching resource. The Environmental Case is a wonderful resource of high and consistent quality.”

Daniel Fiorino
American University

“Layzer’s analysis is objective and thorough, providing valuable context and content for students to better understand environmental problems. Her reliance on a rich variety of data and sources provides students with a springboard for further analysis and research.” 

Melinda A. Mueller
Eastern Illinois University

“The book’s primary strength lies in how well the author is able to link academic theory and discussion to real-life cases. The cases offer a thorough and interesting perspective on current environmental issues.  [Students] often say in class that they enjoy reading the cases and find them very thorough and clear. They have specifically mentioned the level of detail and that it is helpful to them.”

Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo
University of Kentucky

I appreciate the text's values-focused approach to Env. Policy. Although the highly detailed accounts of policy development can be tedious in some chapters, the presentation and selection of cases gives an excellent overview of the ideas behind the politics behind the policies.

Dr Victoria Randlett
Geography Dept, University Of Nevada-Reno
October 28, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


Preview this book

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

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.