Human influences create both environmental problems and barriers to effective policy aimed at addressing those problems. In effect, environmental managers manage people as much as they manage the environment. Therefore, they must gain an understanding of the psychological and sociopolitical dimensions of environmental problems that they are attempting to resolve. In "Environmental Problem Solving", Alan Miller reappraises conventional analyses of environmental problems using lessons from the psychosocial disciplines. He combines the disciplines of ecology, political sociology and psychology to produce a more adaptive approach to problem-solving that is specifically geared toward the environmental field. Numerous case studies demonstrate the practical application of theory in a way that is useful to technical and scientific professionals, as well as to policymakers and planners.
Introduction.- Psychological Processes.- Sociopolitical Dynamics.- Conventional Problem Solving.- Pluralistic Competition.- Single Visions.- Toward Adaptive Problem Solving.- Prognosis.