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American Environmental Policy

The Failures of Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation Daniel Press, Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies and Executive Director, University of California, Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, US
More than 40 years after the United States launched bold efforts to curb pollution and waste, American environmental management has stalled. Drawing extensively on recent enviornmental science, engineering, regulatory agency data and trade information, American Environmental Policy explores how environmental management in the US has fallen short of its early promise and reputation. Arguing that policies need to be redesigned for the 21st century, this book offers examples and principles of effective environmental policy reforms. It concludes with suggestions for how new policies should be designed, as well as examples of successfull regulatory innovations already in practice around the world.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78100 145 5
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78643 338 1
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  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
More than 40 years after the United States launched bold efforts to curb pollution and waste, American environmental management has stalled. Drawing extensively on recent environmental science, engineering, regulatory agency data and trade information, American Environmental Policy explores how environmental management in the US has fallen short of its early promise and reputation.

Arguing that policies need to be redesigned for the 21st century, this book offers examples and principles of effective environmental policy reforms. It concludes with suggestions for how new policies should be designed, as well as examples of successfull regulatory innovations already in practice around the world.

Environmental policy scholars, students and science and environment journalists interested in evaluating environmental policy over time will find this to book of value. The approaches discussed in this book will also be useful for environmental and natural resource agency officials.
‘Overall, this is a well-researched, lucidly written book.​ ​It is a magnificent addition to the existing literature on environmental policies and regulations. I believe this book​ ​should motivate the academic community to conduct further research in several other environmental domains, both​ ​within the USA and in other countries. I highly recommend​ ​this book to scholars, policy-makers and other stakeholders, who are interested in environmental regulations​ ​
and governance.’
– Science and Public Policy​

‘Daniel Press brings his considerable experience to light in this excellent book, and it should be a required read for every scholar and student of environmental studies and science. He convincingly leverages an evidence based approach by digging into the data on toxic release, acid rain, non-point source water pollution, and industrial recycling to challenge the conventional wisdom that environmental regulation in the United States has been settled and is successful. Issuing a clarion call to those who care about environmental values, he urges us to redirect our action and discourse and to rethink how we can be more effective, with his specific recommendations for policy and regulatory reform.’
– Toddi A. Steelman, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

‘Those of us who work on environmental policy should never let the grind of our day-to-day challenges turn us away from the ultimate question of whether we are leaving a better environment to the next generation. Daniel Press looks at the current state of environmental regulation and probes just this question. It’s worth a read for anyone who cares about the decisions we must make – and the processes we now use to get to those decisions – that will shape the world for years to come.’
– John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources

‘In American Environmental Policy Daniel Press guides the reader through not only the motivations and concepts that have been employed to set land, water, and air pollution policies, but also a dive into the details of both the environmental science and the legal and regulatory science that determines the success or failure of these actions. This book is instrumental for all those interested in both the why and the how – and the how much – of the legacy of Rachel Carson and the past five decades of environmental management’
– Daniel Kammen, University of California, Berkeley, US

‘Daniel Press’s new book is an excellent one. By focusing on implementation – what happens after policy has been adopted – Press demonstrates the weaknesses of pollution control policy in the United States. Case studies of acid rain, nonpoint source water pollution, and paper recycling illuminate “regulatory failure,” the structural problems of American regulatory approaches. He concludes with recommendations to move us ahead, a path forward that focuses on performance, information, incentives, and source reduction. Strongly recommended.’
– Christopher McGrory Klyza, Middlebury College, US
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Measuring Pollution 3. At The End of the Pipe, or Why Acid Rain Will be a Problem as Long as We Burn Coal 4. Failure When There Is No Pipe 5. Failure Before The End of the Pipe: Missed Opportunities in American Paper Recycling 6. Regulation Beyond Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation References Index