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The Environmental Case
Translating Values Into Policy

Fifth Edition


August 2019 | 664 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 Fifth Edition contains fifteen carefully constructed cases. Through her analysis, Sara Rinfret continues the work of Judith Layzer and 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.  
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
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 I • 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 II • HISTORY, CHANGING VALUES, AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
 
CHAPTER 6 • Oil Versus Wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Background

 
The Case

 
Obama Legacy

 
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 III • NEW ISSUES, NEW POLITICS
 
CHAPTER 12 • Climate Change: The Crisis of Our Time
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 Trade-Offs: Urban Sprawl and the Evolving System of Growth Management in Portland, Oregon
Background

 
The Case

 
Outcomes

 
Conclusions

 
Questions to Consider

 
Notes

 
 
CHAPTER 16 • Post-Katrina: Lessons From a Disaster
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

 
 
Index

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

Sara R. Rinfret

Sara Rinfret is an associate professor of political science at the University of Montana, Missoula, where she teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on regulatory policy, environmental policy, state and local government, public policy, public administration, and American politics. She is the director of the Master of Public Administration Program and codirects the Social Science Research Laboratory. Her main area of research is environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level.... More About Author

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