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American Environmental Policy, 1990-2006 Beyond Gridlock

ISBN-10: 0262612208
ISBN-13: 9780262612203
Edition: 2007
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Description: The golden era of American environmental lawmaking, between 1964 and 1980, saw twenty-two pieces of major environmental legislation (including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act) passed by bipartisan majorities in  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The golden era of American environmental lawmaking, between 1964 and 1980, saw twenty-two pieces of major environmental legislation (including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act) passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed into law by presidents of both parties. But since then environmental issues have divided the parties and engendered bitter interest-group politics, with most new proposals blocked by legislative gridlock. In this book, Christopher McGrory Klyza and David Sousa argue that this long-standing legislative stalemate at the national level has forced environmental policymaking onto other pathways, both inside and outside government. Despite the congressional impasse, they write, environmental policymaking today is vibrant and complex--although the results fall short of what is needed in the years ahead. Klyza and Sousa identify and analyze five alternative policy paths, which they illustrate with case studies: appropriations politics in Congress; executive authority, including the rulemaking process; the role of the courts, whose role in environmental policymaking has grown in the era of legislative gridlock; “next-generation” collaborative experiments (which, the authors argue, should be seen as an important approach but not a panacea); and policymaking at the state level. Their comprehensive analysis of the state of environmental policymaking since 1990 shows that, although legislative gridlock is unlikely to dissipate anytime soon, the nation continues to move in the direction favored by environmentalists, largely because of the policy legacies of the 1960s and 1970s that have created an enduring 'green state rooted in statutes, bureaucratic routines, and public expectations.

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Environmental Policy Beyond Gridlock
Creating the Current Institutional Landscape of Environmental Policymaking
Regulatory Reform, Reconciliation, and Rough Riders
Environmental Policymaking in Congress
National Monuments, Roadless Forests, and Aging Electric Utilities
Executive Policymaking through Statutory Discretion and Rulemaking
From "Who Has Standing?" to "Who Is Left Standing?"
The Courts and Environmental Policymaking in the Era of Gridlock
The Collaborative Pathway in Environmental Policymaking
The States and Environmental Policy
Junior Partner, Next Generation Innovator, Passionate Advocate, or All of the Above?
Gridlock, Green Drift, and the Future of Environmental Politics
Notes
Selected References
Index

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