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Paperback | $35.00 X | £27.95 | 544 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 2 figures | June 2017 | ISBN: 9780262533317
eBook | $35.00 X | August 2017 | ISBN: 9780262338714
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Environmental Governance Reconsidered, Second Edition

Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities


This survey of current issues and controversies in environmental policy and management is unique in its thematic mix, broad coverage of key debates, and in-depth analysis. The contributing authors, all distinguished scholars or practitioners, offer a comprehensive examination of key topics in the continuing evolution of environmental governance, with perspectives from public policy, public administration, political science, international relations, sustainability theory, environmental economics, risk analysis, and democratic theory.

The second edition of this popular reader has been thoroughly revised, with updated coverage and new topics. The emphasis has shifted from sustainability to include sustainable cities, from domestic civic environmentalism to global civil society, and from global interdependence to the evolution of institutions of global environmental governance. A general focus on devolution of authority in the United States has been sharpened to address the specifics of contested federalism and fracking, and the treatment of flexibility now explores the specifics of regulatory innovation and change. New chapters join original topics such as environmental justice and collaboration and conflict resolution to address highly salient and timely topics: energy security; risk assessment, communication, and technology innovation; regulation-by-revelation; and retrospective regulatory analysis.

The topics are organized and integrated by the book’s “3R” framework: reconceptualizing governance to reflect ecological risks and interdependencies better, reconnecting with stakeholders, and reframing administrative rationality. Extensive cross-references pull the chapters together. A broad reference list enables readers to pursue topics further.

Regina S. Axelrod, Robert F. Durant, Kirk Emerson, Daniel J. Fiorino, Anne J. Kantel, David M. Konisky, Michael E. Kraft, Jennifer Kuzma, Richard Morgenstern, Tina Nabatchi, Rosemary O’Leary, Barry Rabe, Walter A. Rosenbaum, Stacy D. VanDeveer, Paul Wapner

About the Editors

Robert F. Durant is Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Affairs, American University.

Daniel J. Fiorino is Director of the Center for Environmental Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

Rosemary O’Leary is Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Kansas.


“The second edition of Environmental Governance Reconsidered updates and modernizes the arguments made in the first edition, and continues to present a fresh look at the most timely issues of environmental policy in the U.S. and globally. It takes on a wide array of contentious political issues embedded in environmental policies and governance, including energy security, sustainability, hydraulic fracturing, biotechnology, regulatory reform, and market-based approaches. In the process, it lays bare the challenges and pitfalls that will inevitably determine the efficacy of environmental governance for years to come.”
Kent E. Portney, Professor and Director, Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Texas A&M University; author of Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously
“Those willing to think outside the box will find this collection of essays an extraordinary resource. Like the first edition more than a decade ago, this volume explores a wide panoply of alternatives to traditional environmental regulation that can bring us closer to a 'results-based sense of common purpose.' But the distinguished editors and contributors to this edition dig much deeper into both the conceptual underpinnings and practical obstacles to these innovations at a time of escalating national and global urgency. No other work explains the complexity and interdependence of rapidly evolving institutions of governance at all levels so thoroughly.”
Norman J. Vig, Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus, Carleton College; coeditor of Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century and Green Giants? Environmental Policies of the United States and the European Union
“The editors perform a truly impressive balancing act with this volume. They have recruited internationally recognized environmental scholars and practitioners in the field, and have successfully steered these authors to be  ambitious yet accessible in their discussions of environmental policy, administration and governance. The extremely well-written chapters combine both profound conceptual ideas and policy considerations that do not date with an up-to-date analysis of the recent trajectories of environmental policy. The volume will strongly benefit and appeal to both new students of environmental governance and established experts alike, speaking not just to the environmental situation in the United States but globally as well.”
Anthony R. Zito, Professor of European Public Policy and Joint Editor of Environmental Politics; Codirector of the Jean Monnet Centre, Newcastle University
“The new edition of Environmental Governance Reconsidered is exactly what you would expect from these world-class scholars of environmental policy. All the key issues of environmental policy are presented with depth, insight and clarity. The volume analyzes the impact of environmental risk on democratic governance and public administration and is an essential read for both students and experts in environmental policy.”
Steven Cohen, Executive Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University