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Comparing Environmental Policies in 16 Countries

  • Discusses the strong environmental program in the United States
  • Explores leading policies in Europe, highlighting Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden
  • Covers the policies of Britain, France, and the European Union
  • Groups together countries with similar issues, such as Canada/Australia and India/Brazil
  • Highlights countries that balance economic development with environmental protection such as Kenya/Costa Rica
  • Describes how in Russia the environmental movement contributed to the end of Communism
  • Analyzes China, informed by the author holding a Fulbright Professorship at Nanjing University

By: David Howard Davis(Author)

Apple Academic Press

Hardback | Dec 2013 | #216367 | ISBN-13: 9781482214581
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About this book

Based on the author's 39 years of teaching environmental policy, working in Washington, and traveling, Comparing Environmental Policies in 16 Countries offers a complete primer in environmental dilemmas and policies from a comparative perspective. The book covers 16 countries according to five themes: participation, interest groups, political parties, governmental structures, and the diplomatic agenda.

The author has visited all of the 16 countries and offers original insights on the dynamics of their policies. The author balances theory and practical solutions, comparing policies, highlighting successes and failures, and suggesting best practices. He looks for common features such as the Environmental Decade or response to the Kyoto Protocol. He finds many cases of diffusion such as the impact of Rachel Carson or Jacques Cousteau. The analysis ranges from advanced industrial countries to developing ones. The tone is positive, with facts and ideas conveyed through vignettes.

Each chapter concludes with highlights of what that country received from others, such as the popularity of Carson's book or Cousteau's films, and innovations, such as the idea of a national park or of a green political party. From the theoretical perspective, comparing environmental issues can illuminate other policy areas. Over all, Comparing Environmental Policies in 16 Countries demonstrates rapid diffusion among the Western democracies, and slower diffusion to Russia and China.



The United States

Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden

The Netherlands

Britain, France, and the European Union
The European Union

Canada and Australia

India and Brazil

Kenya and Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Russia and Its Neighbors

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