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Towards Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy

Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy Series

Edited By: Daniel A Mazmanian and Michael E Kraft

352 pages, 4 illustrations

MIT Press

Paperback | Apr 2009 | Edition: 2 | #179907 | ISBN-13: 9780262512299
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About this book

This analysis of U.S. environmental policy offers a conceptual framework that serves as a valuable roadmap to the array of laws, programs, and approaches developed over the last four decades. Combining case studies and theoretical discussion, the book views environmental policy in the context of three epochs: the rise of command-and-control federal regulation in the 1970s, the period of efficiency-based reform efforts that followed, and the more recent trend toward sustainable development and integrated approaches at local and regional levels. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the new approaches and places these experiments within the larger framework of an emerging trend toward community sustainability.

Toward Sustainable Communities assesses environmental policy successes and failures at the subnational, regional, and state levels and offers eight case studies of policy arenas in which transformations have been occurring-from air and water pollution control and state and local climate change policy to open space preservation, urban growth, and regional ecosystem management. It discusses the various meanings of sustainability and whether the concept can serve as a foundation for a new era of environmental policy. The second edition has been substantially updated, with five new chapters (including the chapter on climate change) and all other chapters revised and shortened. It is suitable as a primary or secondary text for environmental policy courses and as a resource for scholars and policymakers.

A further improvement of an already excellent book. The authors make several particularly significant contributions to the study of America's sustainable growth movement: they place the evolution of sustainability policies within a coherent historical and conceptual context accessible to lay readers and specialists; they illuminate the nation's subnational governments as 'the policy and idea incubators of the nation' in sustainability policymaking; and their analysis nicely combines discussion and evaluation of substantive policy and conceptual issues. The updated, expanded coverage of subnational sustainability policies is supplemented by a very useful, enlarged discussion of important policy research questions posed by the book. Not least important, the book's lucid and cogent style makes it an excellent teaching resource. --Walter A. Rosenbaum, Interim Director, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida


Contents

Foreword by Sheldon Kamieniecki
Preface
Contributors
I Introduction 1
1 The Three Epochs of the Environmental Movement Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft
2 Conceptual and Analytical Challenges in Building Sustainable Communities Lamont C. Hempel 33
3 Regulating for the Future
A New Approach for Environmental Governance Daniel J. Fiorino 63
II Transitional Approaches in Conventional Media-Based Environmental Policies 87
4 Los Angeles' Clean Air Saga-Spanning the Three Epochs Daniel A. Mazmanian 89
5 Cleaning Wisconsin's Waters
From Command and Control to Collaborative Decision Making
Michael E. Kraft 115
6 Local Open Space Preservation in the United States Daniel Press and Nicole Nakagawa 141
III Toward Community, Regional, and State Strategies for Sustainability
Leading Examples of the Transformation Process 169
7 Blueprint Planning in California
An Experiment in Regional Planning for Sustainable Development
Elisa Barbour and Michael Teitz 171
8 Climate Change and Multilevel Governance
The Evolving State and Local Roles Michele M. Betsill and Barry G. Rabe 201
9 Sustainability in American Cities
A Comprehensive Look at What Cities Are Doing and Why
Kent E. Portney 227
10 Collaborative Watershed Partnerships in the Epoch of Sustainability
Mark Lubell, William D. Leach and Paul A. Sabatier 255
11 Sustainability in a Regional Context
The Case of the Great Lakes Basin Barry G. Rabe and Marc Gaden 289

IV Overview and Implications for a Sustainable Future 315
12 Conclusions: Toward Sustainable Communities Michael E. Kraft and Daniel A. Mazmanian 317
Index

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Biography

Daniel A. Mazmanian is Bedrosian Chair in Governance and Director of the John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise at the University of Southern California. Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

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