Environmental Politics and Policy in the West, Revised Edition
Population growth and industrial development have put the
wide-open spaces and natural resources that define the West under
immense stress. Vested interests clash and come to terms over
embattled resources such as water, minerals, and even open space.
The federal government controls 40 to 80 percent of the land base
in many western states; its sway over the futures of the
West's communities and environment has prompted
the development of unique policies and politics in the West.
Zachary A. Smith and John C. Freemuth bring together a roster of
top scholars to explicate the issues noted above as well as other
key questions in this new edition of Environmental Politics and
Policy in the West, which was first published in 1993. This
thoroughly revised and updated edition offers a comprehensive and
Contributors address the policy process as it affects western
states, how bureaucracy and politics shape environmental dialogues
in the West, how western states innovate environmental policies
independently of Washington, and how and when science is involved
(or ignored) in management of the West's federal
lands. Experts in individual resource areas explore multifaceted
issues such as the politics of dam removal and restoration,
wildlife resource concerns, suburban sprawl and smart growth, the
management of hard-rock mining, and the allocation of the
West's tightly limited water resources.
Contributors include: Leslie R. Alm, Carolyn D. Baber, Walter F.
Baber, Robert V. Bartlett, Hugh Bartling, Matthew A. Cahn, R.
McGreggor Cawley, Charles Davis, Sandra Davis, John C. Freemuth,
Sheldon Kamieniecki, Matt Lindstrom, William R. Mangun, Denise
McCain-Tharnstrom, Daniel McCool, Jaina L. Moan, and Zachary A.
Subjects: Political Science, Environmental Science
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