Norman J. Padelford

Norman Padelford was Professor of Political Science at MIT. He was instrumental to the development of the Political Science Department at MIT.

  • New Dimensions of U.S. Marine Policy

    Norman J. Padelford and Jerry E. Cook

    This book is intended to complement Public Policy for the Seas (revised edition published by the MIT Press in 1970), which identified and discussed the principal features of United States policy toward marine affairs. However, it may also be viewed as having its own internal consistency – collecting and commenting upon an extraordinary combination of statements and acts that since 1969 have indicated a new direction for U.S. marine policy, particularly in regard to environmental protection.

    New Dimensions in U.S. Marine Policy sets forth trends in contemporary ocean policy so that the reader may develop an understanding of the processes by which broad concepts and goals are translated into specific policy action. The authors suggest that “as the reader continues through the position papers and documents, he should ask himself what the national interest requires with respect to the situation. Possible alternatives should then be identified, with the advantages and disadvantages of each weighed. Finally, considering those which are practicable, realizable, and politic, the reader should come to a conclusion as to what action should be taken.”

    Like its companion volume, the book is an important contribution to the advancement of knowledge of national policy relating to the seas, especially as it elucidates the considerations necessary for establishing more enlightened practices for exploring and utilizing the oceans as a natural resource. Statements by the President and by Congress, position papers and documents on national goals and objectives are divided into seven major chapters: “New Goals for Marine Policy”; “The Coastal Zone and Continental Shelf”; “Marine Utilization”; “Pollution of the Seas”; “The International Seabed Area”; “Organizing the National Oceanic Administration”; and “Looking to the Future.” Substantial attention is devoted to evolving U.S. policy with respect to the pollution of the marine environment and to establishing new laws for the sea.

    This is the most recent volume in the Ocean Engineering Series, which is derived from the curriculum development program undertaken at MIT as a part of the National Sea Grant program. Other titles in the series are: Public Policy for the Seas (revised edition), by Norman J. Padelford; Ocean Engineering Systems, by John Craven; Materials for Ocean Engineering, by Koichi Masubuchi; Ocean Engineering Structures, by J. Harvey Evans and John C. Adamchak; Water, Air, and Interface Vehicles, by Philip Mandel; and Stability and Motion Control of Ocean Vehicles, by Martin A. Abkowitz.

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  • Public Policy For The Seas, Revised Edition

    Norman J. Padelford

    The objectives set forth by the passage of the Marine Resources and Engineering Development Act of 1966 marked a turning point in U.S. policy toward marine affairs, inaugurating a fresh set of active goals regarding the use of ocean resources. These include expanding the knowledge of the ocean frontier; enhancing commerce and navigation on it; rehabilitating commercial fisheries; encouraging private investment for exploration and development of mineral wealth of the seas; advancing education and training in marine science and engineering; and improving the capabilities, performance, and use of vehicles and instruments for exploring the marine environment with the intent of recovering its resources and utilizing its energies.

    The primary focus of this volume is on U.S. policy toward the oceans, this being the first concern of ocean engineers in this country. Numerous documents and illustrative material are included, however, relating to the policies of other states and to measures of international cooperation where these are particularly relevant to American interests or activities, or are instructive of other approaches to specific situations. Though the body of knowledge on this subject is undergoing considerable change, the present collection has selected and assembled for study those issues associated with increased utilization of the marine environment and is based on an original compilation used in the new Graduate Ocean Engineering degree program inaugurated by the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at M.I.T.

    The book will serve those who are currently involved, or plan to be, in the growing utilization of ocean resources. Government officials, engineers, industrialists, management experts and members of the voting public will find it a contribution to the advancement of knowledge of the seas and the considerations necessary for establishing more enlightened practices in its exploration and utilization as a natural resource.

    Ten chapters discuss the major facets of public policy: New Goals for National Policy; Territorial Waters and Contiguous Zones; The Continental Shelf; The Seas and International Law; Living Resources of the Sea and Their Regulation; Mineral Resources and Their Exploitation; Pollution of Waters; Safety of Life at Sea; Models for the Future; Political Process and the Future of National Ocean Policy.

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