Prior to the Nixon administration, environmental policy in the United States was rudimentary at best. Since then, it has evolved into one of the primary concerns of governmental policy from the federal to the local level. As scientific expertise on the environment rapidly developed, Americans became more aware of the growing environmental crisis that surrounded them. Practical solutions for mitigating various aspects of the crisis – air pollution, water pollution, chemical waste dumping, strip mining, and later global warming – became politically popular, and the government responded by gradually erecting a vast regulatory apparatus to address the issue. Today, politicians regard environmental policy as one of the most pressing issues they face. The Obama administration has identified the renewable energy sector as a key driver of economic growth, and Congress is in the process of passing a bill to reduce global warming that will be one of the most important environmental policy acts in decades.
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy will be a state-of-the-art work on all aspects of environmental policy in America. Over the past half century, America has been the world's leading emitter of global warming gases. However, environmental policy is not simply a national issue. It is a global issue, and the explosive growth of Asian countries like China and India mean that policy will have to be coordinated at the international level. The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy will therefore focus not only on the U.S., but on the increasing importance of global policies and issues on American regulatory efforts. This is a topic that will only grow in importance in the coming years, and this will serve as an authoritative guide to any scholar interested in the issue.
Part 1. Introduction
1. The Evolution of Research on U.S. Environmental Policy
Sheldon Kamieniecki & Michael E. Kraft
Part 2. The Evolution of Environmental Policy:
Major Concepts, Ideas, and Movements
2. Environmental Politics and Policy in Historical Perspective
Richard N.L. Andrews
3. Green Political Ideas and Environmental Policy
WALTER F. BABER & ROBERT V. BARTLETT
4. Evolving Concepts of Sustainability in Environmental Policy
Lamont C. Hempel
5. Ethical Challenges in Environmental Policy
Robert C. Paehlke
6. Environmental Security and U.S. Politics
Richard A. Matthew
Part 3. Governing Capacity and Environmental Challenges
7. Capacity for Governance: Innovation and the Challenge of the Third Era
Walter A. Rosenbaum
8. U.S. Climate Change Politics: Federalism and Complexity
Henrik Selin & Stacy D. VanDeveer
9. Sustainable Development and Governance
DANIEL A. MAZMANIAN & LAURIE KAYE NIJAKI
10. United States International Environmental Policy
Elizabeth R. DeSombre
11. Global Environmental Policymaking
Part 4. Government Institutions and Policymaking
12. Courts, Legal Analysis, and Environmental Policy
Timothy P. Duane
13. Congress and Environmental Policy
Michael E. Kraft
14. The American Presidency and Environmental Policy
Norman J. Vig
15. Environmental Bureaucracies: The Environmental Protection Agency
Daniel J. Fiorino
16. Bureaucracy and Natural Resources Policy
Craig W. Thomas
17. Defining Environmental Rulemaking
SARA R. RINFRET & SCOTT R. FURLONG
18. Environmental Federalism and the Role of State and Local Governments
19. The Promise and Performance of Collaborative Governance
Andrea K. Gerlak, Tanya Heikkila, & Mark Lubell
Part 5. The Role of Informal Political Actors
20. Issue Framing, Agenda Setting, and Environmental Discourse
Deborah Lynn Guber & Christopher J. Bosso
21. Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the United States: A Bouquet of Multiple Dimensions
David P. Daniels, Jon A. Krosnick, Michael P. Tichy, & Trevor Tompson
22. Public Participation, Citizen Engagement, and Environmental Decision Making
Dorothy M. Daley
23. Organized Interests and Environmental Policy
Robert J. Duffy
24. Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Their Influence on Environmental Politics and Policymaking
Part 6. Policy Approaches and Analytic Tools
25. The Role of Market Incentives in Environmental Policy
Sheila M. Olmstead
26. Flexible Approaches to Environmental Regulation
Lori S. Bennear & Cary Coglianese
27. Ecosystem-Based Management and Restoration
Judith A. Layzer
28. The Use of Strategic Planning, Information, and Analysis in Environmental Policymaking and Management
29. Environmental Policy and Science
William Ascher & Toddi A. Steelman
30. Environmental Policy Evaluation and the Prospects for Public Learning
LAWRENCE SUSSKIND & ALEXIS SCHULMAN
Part 7: Conclusion
31. Research on U.S. Environmental Policy in the New Century
Michael E. Kraft & Sheldon Kamieniecki
Richard N. L. Andrews is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Public Policy and in the Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
William Ascher is Professor of Government and Economics, Claremont McKenna College.
Walter F. Baber is Professor and Director of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration, California State University, Long Beach.
Robert V. Bartlett is Gund Professor of Liberal Arts in the Political Science Department, University of Vermont.
Amy Below is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Public Policy, Oregon State University.
Lori S. Bennear is Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.
Christopher J. Bosso is Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University.
Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Penn Program on Regulation, University of Pennsylvania.
Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of The Earth Institute, Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, Director of Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy & Energy and Environmental Policy Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management in the School of Continuing Education, Columbia University.
Dorothy M. Daley is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and in the Environmental Studies Program, University of Kansas.
David P. Daniels is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, Stanford University.
Elizabeth R. DeSombre is Frost Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Wellesley College.
Timothy P. Duane is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School.
Robert J. Duffy is Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University.
Daniel J. Fiorino is Director of the Center for Environmental Policy in the School of Public Affairs, American University.
Scott R. Furlong is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Andrea K. Gerlak is Director of Academic Development with the International Studies Association, Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Senior Policy Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona.
Deborah Lynn Guber is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont.
Tanya Heikkila is Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver.
Lamont C. Hempel is Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Redlands.
Sheldon Kamieniecki is the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Michael E. Kraft is the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Jon A. Krosnick is Professor of Political Science, Communication, and Psychology, Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Senior Fellow at Woods Institute, Stanford University.
Judith A. Layzer is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark Lubell is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis.
Richard A. Matthew is Professor of Environmental Politics and International Relations in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science and Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, University of California, Irvine.
Daniel A. Mazmanian is Professor and Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Director of the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.
Laurie Kaye Nijaki is a Provost Fellow in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.
Sheila M. Olmstead is a Fellow at Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.
Kate O'Neill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley.
Robert C. Paehlke is Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Sara R. Rinfret is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York.
Walter A. Rosenbaum is Director Emeritus, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida, and Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Florida.
Denise Scheberle is the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Alexis Schulman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Henrik Selin is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Boston University.
Toddi A. Steelman is Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University.
Lawrence Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Vice-Chair of the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School.
Craig W. Thomas is Professor of Public Affairs at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.
Michael P. Tichy is the Urgent Care Program Manager, Southeast Incorporated, Columbus, Ohio.
Trevor Tompson is the Global Director of Polling for the Associated Press.
Stacy D. VanDeveer is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire, and 2011-2012 Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Norman J. Vig is Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus, Carleton College.