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Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Edited by David M. Konisky, Professor, Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, US
A comprehensive analysis of diverse areas of scholarly research on U.S. environmental policy and politics, this Handbook looks at the key ideas, theoretical frameworks, empirical findings and methodological approaches to the topic. Leading environmental policy scholars emphasize areas of emerging research and opportunities for future enquiry.
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Publication Date: April 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78897 283 3
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
A comprehensive analysis of diverse areas of scholarly research on U.S. environmental policy and politics, this Handbook looks at the key ideas, theoretical frameworks, empirical findings and methodological approaches to the topic. Leading environmental policy scholars emphasize areas of emerging research and opportunities for future enquiry.

Separated into five distinct thematic sections, the Handbook moves from examining political institutions, to politics and behaviour, policy tools and strategies, climate change, and finally ideas and challenges. Individually, each chapter provides readers with a clear synthesis of current research on a specific environmental policy topic. Together, they offer a thorough review of the current landscape of research in the field.

Environmental studies and politics scholars will find the key case studies and in-depth theoretical discussions in this Handbook of great use. It will also be interesting reading for US policy-makers and those working in the media looking for a deeper understanding of the current state of affairs.

‘David Konisky and his co-authors have created the new standard text for US environmental policy. Their ambitious book spans the breadth of environmental politics and policy-making, from institutions and policy tools to lobbying and climate change. Most important, these issues are presented by the best in the field. The authors list presents the Dream Team of today's powerhouse environmental politics and governance scholars.’
– James Salzman, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Santa Barbara, US

‘A superb collection! Konisky has brought together dozens of renowned scholars to synthesize research on the topics they know best. The volume situates U.S. environmental policy in a half-century of political history, but is equally forward-looking in its treatment of current policy challenges, especially related to the transformations needed to address climate change.’
– Megan Mullin, Duke University, US

‘This extremely comprehensive collection of original and well-researched essays makes an important and much needed contribution to our understanding of current issues in American environmental politics and policies. By bringing together the best of current research, it will become an invaluable resource for scholars and help set future research agendas.’
– David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, US and Editor, California Management Review

‘This is an outstanding collection of essays by leading experts on different dimensions of U.S. Environmental Policy.’
– Aseem Prakash, University of Washington, US
Contributors include: M. Ahluwalia, J.E. Aldy, S.E. Anderson, K. Ard, W.F. Baber, P. Bergquist, H.L. Breetz, R.J. Brulle, P.F. Cannavò, S. Carley, S.N. Chau, A. Cheon, B.J. Cook, M. Dowiatt, D.J. Fiorino, B.J. Gerber, M. Graff, L. Hsueh, S. Hughes, D. Javeline, M. Klasic, D.M. Konisky, A. Leiserowitz, A. Lin, M. Lubell, E. Maibach, D.C. Matisoff, C. McGrory Klyza, J. Meckling, M.K. Merry, M. Mildenberger, R. O'Leary, A. Osorio, K.E. Portney, S.B. Pralle, C. Provost, C. Roser-Renouf, J.P. Shimshack, L.C. Stokes, J.W. Stoutenborough, S. Tuler, T. Van de Graaf, C. Warshaw, E.P. Weber, T. Webler, N.D. Woods



Contents:

Introduction

1. U.S. Environmental Policy Research in Uncertain Times
David M. Konisky

Section I. Political Institutions
2. Power, Partisanship, and Contingency: The President and U.S. Environmental Policy
Christopher McGrory Klyza

3. How the Study of Congress and the Environment Can Help Us Understand Vexing Problems of Representation
Sarah E. Anderson (with Meghan Cook)

4. The Environmental Protection Agency: Policy and Administration in a Turbulent Setting
Brian J. Cook

5. U.S. Natural Resource Agencies, Management and Policies
Edward P. Weber

6. American Courts and U.S. Environmental Policy
Andrew Osorio and Rosemary O’Leary

7. Federalism and the States
Neal D. Woods

8. Local Environmental Policy in the United States
Sara Hughes

Section II. Politics and Behavior
9. Issue Framing and Agenda-Setting
Sarah Pralle

10. Elections and Parties in Environmental Politics
Parrish Bergquist and Christopher Warshaw

11. Interest Groups in Environmental Policy: Navigating Rocky Political Terrain
Melissa K. Merry

12. Public Opinion and the Environment: An Evolving Literature
James W. Stoutenborough

13. Promises and Challenges of Citizen Engagement in Risk and Environmental Decision Making
Seth Tuler and Thomas Webler

Section III. Policy Tools and Strategies
14. The Contested Politics of Environmental Rulemaking
Colin Provost and Brian J. Gerber

15. Pricing Pollution through Market-based Instruments
Joseph E. Aldy

16. Regulating by Performance, Not Prescription: The Use of Performance Standards in Environmental Policy
Daniel Fiorino and Manjyot Ahluwalia

17. Information Provision
Jay P. Shimshack

18. Calling all Volunteers: Industry Self-regulation on the Environment
Lily Hsueh

19. Collaborative Governance: From Simple Partnerships to Complex Systems
Meghan Klasic and Mark Lubell

Section IV. Climate Change
20. The Dynamics of Federal Climate Policy Conflict
Matto Mildenberger

21. States of Crisis: Subnational Inaction on Climate Change in the United States
Leah C. Stokes and Hanna L. Breetz

22. To Engage, or Not to Engage? US Foreign Policy on Climate and Clean Energy
Jonas Meckling and Thijs Van de Graaf

23. Advocacy, Social Movements, and Climate Change
Andrew Cheon

24. Denialism: Organized Opposition to Climate Change Action in the United States
Robert J. Brulle

25: Communication for a Sustainable Climate
Connie Roser-Renouf, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz

26. The Unexplored Politics of Climate Change Adaptation
Debra Javeline and Sophia N. Chau

27. Geoengineering: Imperfect Yet Perhaps Important Options for Addressing Climate Change
Albert Lin

Section V. Ideas and Challenges
28. Political Theory and Environmental Ethics
Peter F. Cannavò

29. Deliberative Democracy and the Environment: Flipping the Script to Think Locally and Act Globally?
Walter F. Baber

30. Environmental Justice
Kerry Ard and Matthew Dowiatt

31. A Just U.S. Energy Transition
Sanya Carley and Michelle Graff

32. Letting the Fox Guard the Hen House? Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Governance
Daniel C. Matisoff

33. Sustainability and Public Policy
Kent E. Portney

Index