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Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-first Century [Paperback]

Vig N , Kraft M
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July 15, 2009 087289973X 978-0872899735 7th

Authoritative and classic, the seventh edition of Environmental Policy once again brings together top scholars to evaluate the impact of past environmental policy while anticipating its future implications, helping readers decipher the underlying trends, institutional constraints, and policy dilemmas that shape environmental politics.

This new edition represents the most extensive revision to date: five new chapters include coverage of national security and the environment, China s environmental problems, domestic and international actions on climate change, conflicts over U.S. natural resource policies and collaborative ecosystem management, and the role of economics and market incentives in environmental policy. Incorporating analysis of the eight years under George W. Bush and a look ahead to the Barack Obama administration, all chapters include new scholarship, case studies, poll data, court rulings, congressional actions, agency decisions, and other events at the international, national, state, and local levels. With its clear, engaging writing, this tried and true reader makes great environmental research and scholarship accessible to an undergraduate audience.

Environmental Policy includes new coverage of:

  • national energy policy
  • climate change 
  • implementation of the Endangered Species Act 
  • exploration for oil and natural gas on public lands 
  • ecosystem management 
  • the role of science in environmental policy 
  • court decisions that challenge administrative rulemaking 
  • the greening of industry
  • urban sustainability initiatives 
  • the environmental effects of national security decisions 
  • economic development and the environment


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About the Author

Norman J. Vig is Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Emeritus at Carleton College. He has written extensively on environmental policy, science and technology policy, and comparative politics and is coeditor (with Michael E. Kraft) of Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-first Century, Fifth Edition (2003). His most recent book is Green Giants? Environmental Policies of the United States and the European Union, coedited with Michael G. Faure (2004).

Michael E. Kraft is professor of political science and public affairs and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of, among other works, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (2004) with Scott R. Furlong, Environmental Policy and Politics, 3rd ed. (2003), and the coeditor of Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste (1993), with Riley E. Dunlap and Eugene A. Rosa; Environmental Policy: New Directions in the 21st Century, 5th ed. (2002) and Technology and Politics (1988), with Norman J. Vig; and Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (1999), with Daniel A. Mazmanian.


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  • Paperback: 451 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 7th edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087289973X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872899735
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael E. Kraft is Professor Emeritus, Political Science and Public Affairs, and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the author of Environmental Policy and Politics (Pearson, 6th ed., 2015), co-author of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (CQ Press, 5th edition, forthcoming 2016), and co-author of Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance (MIT Press 2011). In addition, he is co-editor of Environmental Policy(CQ Press, 9th ed., 2015), with Norman J. Vig; Business and Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2007) and The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy (2013), with Sheldon Kamieniecki; and Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2nd ed., 2009), with Daniel A. Mazmanian. He has taught courses in environmental policy and politics, public policy analysis, and Congress for over forty years, primarily at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, but also at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oberlin College, and Vassar College. He currently teaches in the online Masters in Sustainable Management program of the University of Wisconsin System.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Newest in a classic series September 6, 2000
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This is the new edition of "Environmental Policy in the 1990s," a series now considered to be the most important in the field. This edition has some of the classic essays from earlier editions, but is expanded to cover the Clinton administration and address issues of a global nature.

I have been using this series as a basic text in graduate courses in environmental policy for years. I consider it to be a primary source of not only teaching, but research and basic information. All of the essays are clearly written and as unbiased as possible. I give this my highest recommendation.

(Addendum in 2007. This series is up to six editions with a seventh due out this summer. All are essential for the serious student of environmental policy and history).
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative and interesting November 11, 2007
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a lot of books in this genre can be dry and a total snooze to read. this book is written not only well and full of great information, but it is such an easy read. i read through chapters faster than any other "text" book i have had. i was entertained enough that it is questionable if i wasn't reading the book for pleasure instead of work. :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Views of Complex Issues February 26, 2012
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This book is deeply disappointing. In buying it, I expected to find two things. The first was a broad assessment of the trade-offs posed by the main environmental policy issues. The second was insight into the forces that shape policy-making in this realm. I found neither.

With regard to the first goal, the book falls far short. Several of the chapters, seem to assume that environmental values rank above all others. To pick a single instance, at several points the book mentions George W. Bush's of rejection of the Kyoto Protocol. It fails, though, to note that agreement's manifest defects. In fact, Kyoto's costs were high compared to the emission reductions it would have made. Its burden would have fallen disproportionately on the United State. There are also good reasons for doubting the wisdom of letting China and India out of all real commitments. The reader gets at most hints of these factors; as a result, he has little ground for judging either the Bush climate policy or that of Clinton / Gore.

The book is equally shallow in explaining the policy process. The article by Dr. Olmstead discusses using benefit-cost analysis and market-based policies. Her treatment is fine as far as it goes. Why, though, given the article's valid case for adopting these policy tools, does their use still remain relatively infrequent? Still more puzzling, why do governments go on imposing new, needlessly costly, command and control regulations? Dr. Olmstead's points are hardly new. A reader interested in learning about environmental policy might well want explanations. Unfortunately, he will learn little of interest from reading the volume put together by Professors Vig and Kraft.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This Book is EXTREMELY Biased February 15, 2009
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This book is INCREDIBLY biased. It's basically an excuse to bash the Republicans and all conservatives in general. It does not portray events and facts fairly. For example, when the Democratic Congress or President failed to accomplish, they are called well-intentioned but constrained by political pressures. If the Republicans fail to accomplish, they are labeled actively anti-environmental and "secretly" taking advantage of their power to purposely harm the environment. The policies and concepts are well-explained, but the rampant bias makes the book much less credible. It's really hard to take seriously.
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