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Autos, Smog and Pollution Control

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Autos, Smog and Pollution Control

The Politics of Air Quality Management in California

9781852789275 Edward Elgar Publishing
Wyn P. Grant, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK
Publication Date: 1995 ISBN: 978 1 85278 927 5 Extent: 208 pp
Professor Grant uses an analytical framework drawn from the leading theories of public policy formation, such as policy communities, to address the issues raised by California’s policy making experience. This study shows how an ambitious attempt to encourage the use of electrically powered vehicles has faced technological constraints, consumer resistance and political opposition. Other policies developed in the state such as dealing with ‘gross emitters’, trip reduction programmes and the construction of light rail and subway systems are also critically examined. The concluding chapter relates Californian experience to the developing debate in Britain and the European Union about air pollution from motor vehicles.

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California has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer of innovative policies for the control of air pollution by motor vehicles. Autos, Smog and Pollution Control analyses the difficulties which have been encountered in developing and implementing these policies.

Professor Grant uses an analytical framework drawn from the leading theories of public policy formation, such as policy communities, to address the issues raised by California’s policy making experience. This study shows how an ambitious attempt to encourage the use of electrically powered vehicles has faced technological constraints, consumer resistance and political opposition. Other policies developed in the state such as dealing with ‘gross emitters’, trip reduction programmes and the construction of light rail and subway systems are also critically examined. The concluding chapter relates Californian experience to the developing debate in Britain and the European Union about air pollution from motor vehicles.

Autos, Smog and Pollution Control will be welcomed for its critical analysis of California’s air pollution control policies as well as for the light which it sheds on contemporary theories of policy formation and the changing forces affecting environmental policymaking.
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‘This book is both readable and well-researched. As such it is to be recommended to anyone, that is lay (wo)men and experts alike, interested in air pollution policy in the developed world.’
– Adam Seymour, Journal of Energy Literature

‘It is well worth reading for anyone interested in the “Sunshine State”, and/or air pollution reduction policies, providing as it does an insight into how and why things developed as they did, and under what circumstances.’
– Marcus Enoch, Environmental Politics

‘A useful, comprehensive primer on development and implementation of air quality management policies in California, Autos, Smog and Pollution Control ranges widely. This volume should find use in classes on policymaking, planning, urban politics, public administration, and environmental studies as a “reality test case” against which theories, policy instruments, and analysis tools could be tested.’
– John J. Kirlin, American Politics
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Contents: Part I: Introduction Part II: The Air Pollution Problem Part III: The Policy Community Part IV: The Policy Framework Part V: Policy Solutions at a State Level Part VI: Commuter Rail Services in California Part VII: Conclusions
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