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Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985

Series: Studies in Environment and History

By: Samuel P Hays(Author)

648 pages, b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 1989 | #211635 | ISBN: 0521389283
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Bringing together a wide range of environmental issues that have been debated since the mid-1950s, Beauty, Health, and Permanence views these issues as a result of changes in values in American society since World War II. The author explores such substantive issues as pollution, natural lands, chemical carcinogens, and population-resources balances. He examines the politics of environmental science, economic analysis, planning, and management, and traces the impact of environmental issues on local, state, and federal government. Beauty, Health, and Permanence explores political controversy to shed light on the working of political institutions and to establish their relationship to social change.


Introduction: Environmental Politics - the New and the Old

1. From conservation to environment
2. Variation and pattern in the environmental impulse
3. The urban environment
4. The nation's wildlands
5. The countryside: A land rediscovered, yet threatened
6. The toxic environment
7. Population, resources, and the limits to growth
8. Environmental inquiry and ideas
9. The environmental opposition
10. The politics of science
11. The politics of economic analysis and planning
12. The middle ground: Management of environmental restraint
13. Environmental politics in the States
14. The politics of legislation, administration, and litigation
15. The Reagan antienvironmental revolution
16. Environmental society and environmental politics


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