At every stage, environmental policy is the result of the combat of stakeholders interested in, and affected by, the problem being addressed and the range of possible solutions. The combatants include any or all of the following: the federal government, environmental advocacy groups, and business, the media, the scientific community, think tanks, NGOs of every stripe, trade associations and professional organizations, and even state and local governments, each of whom have their own interests in the resulting policy.
Environmental Politics: Interest Groups, the Media, and the Making of Policy discusses political battles over the environment from ground level - as they are fought in legislative chambers, the daily newspaper, on television, and, increasingly, on the Internet. The text explores environmental politics as a clash of interests, not ideologies, and environmental policy as a result of the reconciliation of those interests.
The author covers not only the conventional aspects of the policymaking process but more recent and less recognized elements and developments such as:
Proliferation of legislative riders and monument designations as major environmental strategies
Evolving role of the media, from science popularizer to agenda setter
Growing influence on both Congress and the public of conservative and libertarian foundations and think tanks
Devolution of environmental power from the Federal to state governments
Metamorphosis of EPA in a business-driven regulatory revolution
Effect of globalization on US environmental policy
Newly emerging role of the precautionary principle in marrying science and politics
Increasing role of the Internet in promoting populist issues and promoting the decentralization of the environmental power structure
No other book covers the politics of the environment the way this one does. Written by an expert with 25 years of experience in environmental policymaking, Environmental Politics: Interest Groups, the Media, and the Making of Policy gives you an insider's view of how policies are forged. By examining these issues through an interest group lens, this book not only accounts for what policies have been adopted but also shows how you can influence policy and effect change.
Table of Contents
The Changing Landscape of Environmental Politics
Legislation: Leveling the Playing Field and Leveraging the Process
Environmental Regulation and the Reinvention of EPA
The Media Business and Environmental Politics
Uncertain Science - Uncertain Politics
State and Local Governments: The "Other" Interest Groups
The Shifting Tides of Environmental Advocacy
The Greening of Business: Politics for Profits
Global Pressures and Domestic Environmental Politics
On-line Activism and the New Environmental Politics
"…likely to illuminate the policy-making process much better than standard texts…As a person who regularly teaches environmental policy courses at several universities, I believe that this book [will] quickly fill a need…for a better approach to presenting politics and policy. I also like the combination of a standard textbook and companion casebooks, which will allow this text to be used in a wide variety of subjects…I would personally assign and use this text for my next environmental policy course."
-Michael Catania, Esq., former Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection