Environmental Governance Reconsidered
This survey of current issues and controversies in environmental policy and management is unique in its thematic mix, broad coverage of key debates and approaches, and in-depth analysis of concepts treated less thoroughly in other texts. The contributing authors, all distinguished scholars or practitioners, offer a comprehensive examination of key topics in environmental governance today, including perspectives from environmental economics, democratic theory, public policy, law, political science, and public administration. Environmental Governance Reconsidered is the first book to integrate these wide-ranging topics and perspectives thematically in one volume.Many are calling for a change in the bureaucratic, adversarial, technology-based regulatory approach that is the basis for much environmental policy—a move from "rule-based" to "results-based" regulation. Each of the thirteen chapters in Environmental Governance Reconsidered critically examines one aspect of this "second generation" of environmental reform, assesses its promise-versus-performance to date, and points out future challenges and opportunities. The first section of the book, "Reconceptualizing Purpose," discusses the concepts of sustainability, global interdependence, the precautionary principle, and common pool resource theory. The second section, "Reconnecting with Stakeholders," examines deliberative democracy, civic environmentalism, environmental justice, property rights and regulatory takings, and environmental conflict resolution. The final section, "Redefining Administrative Rationality," analyzes devolution, regulatory flexibility, pollution prevention, and third-party environmental management systems auditing. This book will benefit students, scholars, managers, natural resource specialists, policymakers, and reformers and is ideal for class adoption.
About the Editors
Robert F. Durant is Professor of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs at American University.
Daniel J. Fiorino has experience in federal regulation and innovation programs. He is coeditor of Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities (MIT Press, 2004) and teaches environmental and public policy at American University and Johns Hopkins University.
Rosemary O'Leary is Professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse
—Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Government, Indiana University, and Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and the Center for the Study of Population, Institutions, and Environmental Change
—Daniel Press, Professor, Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
—Terry Davies, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, and former Assistant Administrator for Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
—Kent Portney, Professor, Department of Political Science, Tufts University
—Steven Cohen, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute, Columbia University