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Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-first Century Paperback – July 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0872899735 ISBN-10: 087289973X Edition: 7th

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 451 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 7th edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087289973X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872899735
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 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: #659,470 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By sbissell3 on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Inessa M. Hamilton Lee on 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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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Lane on 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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4 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ilovecats on 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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