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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262232265 | 334 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 2003
Paperback | $30.00 Short | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780262731515 | 334 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 2003

Bringing Society Back In

Grassroots Ecosystem Management, Accountability, and Sustainable Communities

About the Author

Edward P. Weber is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University. He is the author of Pluralism by the Rules: Conflict and Cooperation in Environmental Regulation.


“"This book ... sets out an elaborated model that operationalizes accountability in decentralized, collaborative, shared-power goverance." Helen Ingram Environment”—


“The next generation of American environmental policy is likely to involve new governance arrangements that give expanded authority to more decentralized entities. Few scholars have as strong a sense of what this transition may entail as does Edward Weber. In this important book, he undertakes a careful examination of grassroots approaches to ecosystem management and offers a rich analysis of their early impacts on democratic accountability and environmental quality.”
Barry G. Rabe, Director, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan
“In Bringing Society Back In, Edward Weber offers a rich and insightful analysis of whether and how decentralized, collaborative, and participative governance arrangements can produce broad-based democratic accountability, particularly in environmental policy. This book is an indispensable first scholarly step that both tells us a lot and makes a strong case for a great deal more attention, both empirical and theoretical, to these phenomena.”
Robert V. Bartlett, Department of Political Science, Purdue University
“Weber has written the best explanation of how citizen-based conflict resolution processes can work and remain accountable to democratic institutions. This book is unique in the way it combines scholarship from alternative dispute resolution, environmental policy, public administration, political theory, and philosophy into a comprehensive, conceptually integrated analysis.”
Daniel McCool, Department of Political Science, University of Utah