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Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy
New Directions for the Twenty-First Century

Tenth Edition
Edited by:

December 2017 | 456 pages | CQ Press

Authoritative and trusted, Environmental Policy once again brings together top scholars to evaluate the changes and continuities in American environmental policy since the late 1960s and their implications for the twenty-first century. Students will learn to decipher the underlying trends, institutional constraints, and policy dilemmas that shape today’s environmental politics.

The Tenth Edition examines how policy has changed within federal institutions and state and local governments, as well as how environmental governance affects private sector policies and practices. The book provides in-depth examinations of public policy dilemmas including fracking, food production, urban sustainability, and the viability of using market solutions to address policy challenges. Students will also develop a deeper understanding of global issues such as climate change governance, the implications of the Paris Agreement, and the role of environmental policy in the developing world. Students walk away with a measured yet hopeful evaluation of the future challenges policymakers will confront as the American environmental movement continues to affect the political process.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I. Environmental Policy and Politics in Transition
Michael E. Kraft and Norman J. Vig
1. U.S. Environmental Policy: Achievements and New Directions
Barry G. Rabe
2. Racing to the Top, the Bottom, or the Middle of the Pack? The Evolving State Government Role in Environmental Protection
Luis E. Hestres and Matthew C. Nisbet
3. Environmental Advocacy at the Dawn of the Trump Era: Assessing Strategies for the Preservation of Progress
Part II. Federal Institutions and Policy Change
Norman J. Vig
4. Presidential Powers and Environmental Policy
Michael E. Kraft
5. Environmental Policy in Congress
Rosemary O’Leary
6. Environmental Policy in the Courts
Richard N. L. Andrews
7. The Environmental Protection Agency
Part III. Public Policy Dilemmas
Edward P. Weber, David Bernell, Hilary S. Boudet, and Patricia Fernandez-Guajardo
8. Energy Policy: Fracking, Coal, and the Water-Energy Nexus
Christopher Bosso and Nicole E. Tichenor
9. Eating and the Environment: Ecological Tensions in Food Production
Sheila M. Olmstead
10. Applying Market Principles to Environmental Policy
Daniel Press and Daniel A. Mazmanian
11. Toward Sustainable Production: Finding Workable Strategies for Government and Industry
Kent E. Portney
12. Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: What Cities Are Doing
Part IV. Global Issues and Controversies
Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer
13. Global Climate Change Governance: Where to Go After Paris?
Richard J. Tobin
14. Environment, Population, and the Developing World
Part V. Conclusion
Norman J. Vig and Michael E. Kraft
15. Conclusion: Past and Future Environmental Challenges
Appendix 1. Major Federal Laws on the Environment, 1969–2017

Appendix 2. Budgets of Selected Environmental and Natural Resource Agencies, 1980–2017

Appendix 3. Employees in Selected Federal Agencies and Departments, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010

Appendix 4. Federal Spending on Natural Resources and the Environment, Selected Fiscal Years, 1980–2017


“This book provides a valuable guide to creating an environmental policy course, and the chapters are useful primers for students on these topics.”

Raymond M. Lodato
University of Chicago

“The book’s greatest strength is its coverage of both politics and policy and an awareness of how political and structural factors influence environmental policy. I also think that some of the chapters are very well-written and offer some helpful tables and charts, and an abundance of good links to websites.”

Robert Duffy
Colorado State University

‘”Excellent overview of the role of federal institutions in environmental policy…thoughtful examination of various approaches to environmental policy, including regulatory, market-based, and voluntary approaches."

Melissa K. Merry
University of Louisville

Seems the only book that covers a wide range of environmental issues. Wish it had lecture resources though!

Mrs Jennifer Ramirez
Political Science Dept, Fordham University-Rose Hill
July 8, 2020
Key features


  • Extensive coverage of the Trump Administration demonstrates how the positions and actions of the Trump administration compare to previous administrations
  • A thorough review of Obama's actions, achievements, and limitations and a look at the new administration’s attempts to reverse many of these actions.
  • All chapters have been completely revised to include new scholarship, polling data, court rulings, congressional actions, agency decisions, state-level policy changes, and other pertinent events and developments.
  • New case studies provide an analysis of environmental policy rulemaking, congressional and presidential decision-making, court rulings, and innovative state actions.
  • New coverage of the greening of industry illustrates to students the use of market incentives, urban sustainability initiatives, and the connections between food production and the environment. 
  • Increased coverage of the evolving role of the states in environmental policy highlights changes in environmental advocacy strategies, especially the use of social media to reach the American public.
  • New discussions of recent events such as the Paris Agreement as well as recent actions related to population growth, economic development, food production, public health, and efforts to alleviate global poverty.


  • Discussions of the most important developments in environmental policy and politics since the 1960s help students to see the progress of environmental policy and analyze central issues that impact the United States today.
  • A focus on the underlying policy trends, institutional strengths and shortcomings, and policy dilemmas offer students insights into real problems that policy makers face when attempting to resolve environmental controversies.
  • The text is divided into four logical parts to make the content easier for students to grasp.
  • Part I provides students a retrospective view of policy development as well as a framework for analyzing policy change in the United States.
  • Part II shows students how to analyze the role of federal institutions in environmental policymaking.
  • Part III introduces students to broader dilemmas in environmental policy formulation and implementation.
  • Part IV encourages students to consider global issues and controversies to them develop a more international perspective of environmental policy.

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