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Public Lands and Private Rights : The Failure of Scientific Management - Robert H. Nelson

Public Lands and Private Rights

The Failure of Scientific Management

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One of the leading experts on public lands and land rights issues, Robert H. Nelson here brings together a collection of his finest essays. Nelson demonstrates that the 'progressive' goal of achieving scientific management of public lands has not been realized; instead, public land management has been dominated by interest group politics and ideology.

Nelson's book offers more new ideas and challenges to our thinking than any other recent work on the public lands. Anyone interested in the growing debate about public lands needs to read it, and read it soon. I can't think of anyone who has challenged public lands policy in such a thoughtful and intelligent way. -- William E. Riebsame, University of Colorado Professor Nelson provides a powerful yet easy-to-read view of how the dark side of the Progressive Movement-centralization, professionalization, bureaucratization-evolves into the pretensions of 'scientific management' and the hubris of 'ecosystem management' to the detriment of one-third of the nation's land. Here's a useful guide for those who would reform the way we use public lands. -- Philip M. Burgess, Center for the New West Addresses some of the most relevant resource policy debates in the late 1990's... As historical perspective and interpretation, this volume deserves a place on the bookshelves of those interested in western public lands and national forest management. American Journal of Agricultural Economics Anyone who has struggled to make sense of the history of public lands management in the American West will want to read Robert Nelson's Public Lands and Private Rights. -- Donald Snow, author of Inside the Environmental Movement: Meeting the Leadership Challenge Provides an intellectual springboard for anyone looking to rethink, retool, or even dismantle the federal land management system. The proposals outlined in the book could provide ammunition for conservative reformers as they turn to public lands. The Yale Law Journal An informative, interesting, and stimulating analysis of the federal lands of the United States. Whether one accepts or rejects his analysis and his conclusions, no one interested in public land management can afford to ignore this book. -- Marion Clawson, Resources for the Future Nelson takes a bold approach in analyzing public lands policy and the failure of scientific management ... he presents a solid list of policy issues and questions that must be put on the table to ensure that the public lands of this nation are protected and used wisely for future generations. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Professor Nelson develops policy reforms that should make Public Lands and Private Rights must-reading for the entire Congress. Journal of Economic Literature

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Intentions Are Not Good Enoughp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Ineffective Laws and Unexpected Consequences: A Brief Review of Public Land Historyp. 5
The Failed Promise of Scientific Managementp. 39
Introductionp. 41
Mythology Instead of Analysis: The Story of National Forest Managementp. 43
Uneconomic Analysis: Scientific Management on the Public Rangelandsp. 91
The Illusion of Planning: The Origins of the BLM and Forest Service Land Use Planning Systemsp. 121
The New Range Warsp. 147
Introductionp. 149
NRDC v. Morton: Judicial Policy Making in Public Rangeland Managementp. 151
The Schizophrenic West: Why the Sagebrush Rebellion Diedp. 167
Selling Other People's Property: Why the Privatization Movement Failedp. 183
Rethinking the Public Landsp. 201
Introductionp. 203
Making Sense of the Sagebrush Rebellion: A Long-Term Strategy for the Public Landsp. 205
From Progressivism to Interest-group Liberalism: The Crisis of Public Land Authorityp. 227
Decentralizing the National Forestsp. 247
Options for Changep. 255
Introductionp. 257
Some Economics of Public Rangelandsp. 259
A New Mission for RPA: Improving Market Mechanisms on Public and Private Forestsp. 275
One-third of the Nation's Coal: Planning a Market for Federal Coal Leasingp. 287
Four Good Places to Decentralize and Privatizep. 303
How to Dismantle the Interior Departmentp. 319
Private Rights to Public Landsp. 329
Introductionp. 331
Private Rights to Government Actions: How Modern Property Rights Evolvep. 333
Indexp. 365
About the Authorp. 375
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ISBN: 9780847680092
ISBN-10: 0847680096
Series: Political Economy Forum (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th April 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.59