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Conserving Data in the Conservation Reserve: How a Regulatory Program Runs on Imperfect Information

By: James T Hamilton

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Paperback | Feb 2010 | #185194 | ISBN-13: 9781933115818
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Enrolling over 30 million acres, the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is the largest conservation program in the United States. Under the guidelines of the CRP, the federal government pays farmers to stop farming their land in the hopes of achieving a variety of conservation goals, including the reduction of soil erosion, improvement of water quality, and creation of wildlife habitat. In this book, the author explores the role of information in the policy cycle as it relates to the CRP.

'A beautifully written study of an important program that has not received sufficient academic attention. The Conservation Reserve Program has become an enormously important force for preventing non-point source pollution, providing wildlife habitat, and even reducing emissions of greenhouse gases...Conserving Data does a superb job of explaining the political and economic forces that have shaped the evolutionary path of the CRP.' Robert V. Percival, Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law


Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Information through the Policy Cycle 2. Defining the Environmental Benefits Index 3. Interpreting the Conservation Reserve Program in the Field(s) 4. The Mechanics of Monitoring: GAO, Congress, and the Federal Register 5. The Environmental Working Group Pulls the Pieces Together 6. Media Coverage and Academic Analyses: Cycles of Praise and Criticism 7. Information and Regulatory Implementation References Index

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James T. Hamilton is the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy, at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University and Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. His prior books include Regulation Through Revelation: The Origin, Politics, and Impacts of the Toxics Release Inventory Program and All the News That's Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News.

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