Available in its Eighth Edition, Rosenbaum's classic, comprehensive text once more provides definitive coverage of environmental politics and policy, lively case material, and a balanced assessment of current environmental issues. Notable revisions include: a completely revamped energy chapter covering conventional energy policy as well as a comparative examination of alternatives to current energy production; expanded discussion of current U.S. climate change policy with attention to the role of the states, the impact of global environmental politics, and emerging technologies on policy alternatives; and, analysis of the Obama administration's energy agenda and its profound differences from Bush administration policies and the practical difficulties of creating an effective political coalition in support of the new policy agenda.
It also includes: greater emphasis on executive-congressional relations in the policy-making cycle; examination of changes in the environmental movement, with particular attention to newly emerging cleavages over energy and climate issues; a thorough updating of all policy chapters, including an examination of such topics as mountain top removal, the emergence of Bisphenol A as an endocrine disruptor issue, and the new NIMBYism; and, new and revised tables, figures, and other data illustrate key environmental information while a new, detailed timeline frames the initial chapter's historical narrative of evolving environmental policy.
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Michael E. Kraft is professor emeritus of political science and public affairs and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the author of Environmental Policy and Politics (5th ed., Pearson Longman 2011 ), co-author of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (4th edition, 2012), and co-author of Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance (MIT Press 2011). In addition, he is co-editor of Environmental Policy : New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, 8th ed. (2012), with Norman J. Vig; Business and Environmental Policy (2007) and The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy (2012), with Sheldon Kamieniecki; and Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy, 2nd ed. (2009), with Daniel A. Mazmanian. He has taught courses in environmental policy and politics, public policy analysis, and Congress for over thirty-five years, primarily at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, but also at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oberlin College, and Vassar College.