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Environmental Cases : Translating Values Into Policy

Environmental Cases : Translating Values Into Policy - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-1568028989

Cover of Environmental Cases : Translating Values Into Policy 2ND 06 (ISBN 978-1568028989)
ISBN13: 978-1568028989
ISBN10: 1568028989

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
Published: 2006
International: No

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Environmental Cases : Translating Values Into Policy - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1568028989

Judith A. Layzer

ISBN13: 978-1568028989
ISBN10: 1568028989

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The Environmental Case gives readers a unique, first-hand feel for some of the most interesting and illuminating controversies in U.S. environmental policymaking--including the disaster at Love Canal, the dispute over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, and the global warming debate. Through 16 carefully constructed cases, Layzer covers the spectrum of environmental issues, from habitat conservation, air and water pollution, and overfishing to environmental justice and urban growth management. Each case elucidates various aspects of the U.S. political system but is also linked to the others by two main themes: environmental conflicts are, at heart, conflicts between advocates with fundamentally different values, and the way problems are framed in politics plays a central role in shaping how those values get translated into policies.

This second edition showcases all 12 of the original cases, thoroughly revised and updated. In addition, Layzer has added four new cases:

  • Community activism propels the Dudley Street Neighborhood Association to fight for environmental justice and equitable redevelopment of a once-distressed area in the heart of Boston.
  • The use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park divides environmentalists into bitterly opposing camps: those who regard parks as playgrounds and support unlimited motorized access, and those who advocate more conservative management that emphasizes protection of the park's flora, fauna, and quiet serenity.
  • In the tuna/dolphin and shrimp/turtle disputes, competing advocates debate whether U.S. environmental protection measures constitute non-tariff barriers to trade and, more broadly, whether trade liberalization is good for the environment.
  • Opponents of growth management campaign to undermine the city of Portland's strict policies curbing urban sprawl, the most stringent in the nation.

Layzer provides maps, tables, figures, questions to consider, recommended readings, and useful websites to help readers think critically and actively about the issues raised in each case and facilitate further research.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: Defining Problems in U.S. Environmental Politics

Part I. Tackling the Issue of Pollution

2. The Nation Tackles Pollution: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air and Water Acts
3. Love Canal: Hazardous Waste and the Politics of Fear
4. Government Secrets at Rocky Flats

Part II. History, Changing Values, and Natural Resource Management

5. Community Activism and Environmental Justice: The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
6. Oil vs. Wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
7. Federal Grazing Policy: Some Things Never Change
8. Jobs vs. the Environment: Saving the Northern Spotted Owl

Part III. Addressing Commons Problems

9. Recreation vs. Preservation: Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park
10. The New England Fisheries: Crisis and Renewal
11. Climate Change: The Challenge of Formulating International Environmental Policies
12. Dolphins, Sea Turtles, and the Role of International Trade in Protecting the Global Environment

Part IV. Anti-Environmental Backlash Prompts New Approaches

13. Backlash: Wise Use, Property Rights, and the Anti-Environmental Movement
14. Market-Based Solutions: Acid Rain and the Clean Air Act
15. Ecosystem-Based Solutions: Restoring the Florida Everglades
16. Local Collaboration and Compromise: Using Habitat Conservation Plans to Save Southern California's Endangered Landscape
17. Urban Sprawl and Challenges to Growth Management in Portland, Oregon
18. Conclusions: Values, Politics, and U.S. Environmental Policy

Index