Global Environmental Policy: Concepts, Principles, and Practice

Charles H. Eccleston, Frederic March

November 15, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 460 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439847664 - CAT# K12116


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  • Discusses the historical development of environmental policy including key international initiatives and protocols
  • Applies a balanced approach in which fundamental concepts, principles, theories and applications are presented in an interdisciplinary framework
  • Provides practical tools and techniques for assessing and formulating pragmatic policy solutions
  • Assimilates a diverse set of factors that affect policymaking into a single integrated framework encompassing economics, decision-making tools, ethics, environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems, treaties, and sustainable development
  • Explains the political, social, psychological, and economic considerations that can influence or bias the decision-making process
  • Includes chapters devoted to a range of potential policy solutions for each of the following controversial global issues: water scarcity, peak oil, global warming, peak food and famine, and the population dilemma


Environmental policy is often practiced reactively with each crisis addressed as an isolated event. Focusing on development of proactive policies, Global Environment Policy: Concepts, Principles, and Practice provides the essential scientific and socioeconomic framework for formulating pragmatic and comprehensive environmental policies. It discusses topics of interest to American and international audiences.

Beginning with basic concepts, the book proceeds successively on to more advanced principles, theories, and practices for developing and implementing comprehensive environmental policy solutions. Topics are introduced in a logical, yet connected, user-friendly manner. Using practical case studies and examples, the book illustrates both the power and limitations of theoretical approaches. It defines the scope and nature of the environmental policy problem, outlining its origins and evolution, and introduces the policy frameworks of the United Nations, European Union, and the United States.

Each chapter begins with a case study and ends with a problem set; the questions are designed to elicit practical and critical thinking. The book ends with two capstone problems that exemplify nearly every major topic and aspect presented in this book. Upon completion, students should possess the competency required to examine a real world problem, evaluate it in terms of the concepts, principles, and tools described throughout the book, and develop a practical policy solution for resolving that problem.

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