Chesapeake Bay Blues Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay

ISBN-10: 0742523519
ISBN-13: 9780742523517
Edition: 2003
Authors: Howard R. Ernst
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

The USA touts Chesapeake Bay as its premier environmental restoration programme, yet the Bay remains in poor condition. This text addresses the Bay as a political problem and reveals how the political process has worked against the interests of science, the public, and environmental advocates.

Acknowledgments
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction
Stressing Politics
Organizational Structure of the Book
The Chesapeake Bay and Environmental Politics
The Chesapeake Bay: Management of North America's Largest Estuary
Managing the Chesapeake Bay
The State of the Bay: A Limited Inventory of Living Resources
Conclusion
The Chesapeake Bay as a Political Dilemma: Understanding the Political Barriers to Environmental Policy
"It's the Economy, Stupid": How Economic Primacy Influences Environmental Politics
Divided Government and the Race to the Bottom: How America's Fragmented Political System Works against Environmental Innovation
Free Riding: Understanding the Interest Group Imbalance in Environmental Politics
The Policy Cycle, Focusing Events, and Political Leaders: Making the Most of Limited Opportunities for Environmental Innovation
Putting the Pieces Together
Nutrient Management and Bay Politics
Swimming against the Tide: Nutrient Reduction Efforts in the Bay Watershed
The Difficulty of Achieving Nutrient Reductions
The Scorecard: Measuring Nutrient Reduction "Success"
Conclusion
The Political Fight for Nutrient Management Policy: The Case of Agricultural Regulation
Agricultural Nutrient Loading
Political Background: The Fight for Enforceable Agricultural Regulations in Maryland and Pennsylvania
Environmental Theory: Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Agricultural Regulation Fight
Economic Primacy and Agricultural Policy for the Bay
The Interest Group Imbalance and Agricultural Policy for the Bay
Divided Government and Agricultural Policy for the Bay
The Policy Cycle, Focusing Events, and Political Leaders: Making the Most of Limited Opportunities for Agricultural Reform
Conclusion
The Blue Crab and Bay Politics
All You Can Eat? The Difficult Task of Protecting the Blue Crab
The Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)
The Decline of the Blue Crab
The Basic Management Needs of the Blue Crab
Factors Complicating Blue Crab Management for the Chesapeake Bay
The Struggle for a Sensible Management Strategy
Conclusion
Battling over the Blue Crab: The Politics of Crab Management in Virginia and Maryland
Blue Crab Management in Virginia
Blue Crab Management in Maryland
Environmental Theory: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Blue Crab Management
Economic Primacy and Blue Crab Management for the Chesapeake Bay
Interest Group Politics and Blue Crab Management for the Bay
Divided Government and Blue Crab Management for the Bay
The Policy Cycle, Focusing Events, and Political Leaders: Making the Most of Limited Opportunities for Blue Crab Management
Conclusion
Learning from the Past
Toward a Brighter Future for the Chesapeake Bay
Ten Measures to Improve Politics for the Bay
Conclusion
Nutrient Management and the Bay
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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