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Punctuated Equilibrium and the Dynamics of U.S. Environmental Policy

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"A first-rate volume with specific and well-presented case studies."—Bryan D. Jones, University of Washington

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"As someone who strives consistently to improve environmental policies, I know how hard that can sometimes be to accomplish. Those of us who care about conservation, whatever our political affiliations, can learn a great deal from this book about the factors that lead to success."—Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO)

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"A must read for those seeking policy change for the global environmental challenges of today, including climate change.
The fascinating case studies show key tipping points, what has worked and what has not."—Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

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"For a generation, environmental problem solving has been overtaken by political deadlock, even as environmental pressures continue to mount. This book argues for a fresh perspective on the unavoidable challenges faced by our species (and all others)."—Kai N. Lee, Williams College

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"The use of case studies to apply the punctuated equilibrium approach is novel and important. An excellent collection."—Scott Robinson, University of Texas at Dallas


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About the Author

Robert Repetto is professor in the Practice of Sustainable Development, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300110766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300110760
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward A. Kuska on October 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a ground-breaking book. It helps to understand why policy is often stalemated for long periods and then sometimes changes abruptly when a tipping point is reached. There are chapters by political scientists and economists who have pioneered in this kind of analysis, followed by a set of case studies of important environmenatal issues involving water, energy, the public lands and forests, fisheries and climate. The book would be great for students in environmental policy courses and provides a lot of useful insights for anybody who is interested in environmental policy change. Almost all the chapters are very accessible to students and general readers and the material is captivating.
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