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The Environmental Protection Agency : Asking the Wrong Questions: From Nixon to Clinton - Marc K. Landy

The Environmental Protection Agency

Asking the Wrong Questions: From Nixon to Clinton

Paperback Published: 16th June 1994
ISBN: 9780195086737
Number Of Pages: 368

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The Environmental Protection Agency: From Nixon to Clinton seeks to uncover the mistaken premises upon which errant policy decisions have been founded. Through its comprehensive chronicle of the agency's evolution, it uniquely and expertly depicts the serious consequences which have resulted from poor policy decisions, and discusses which questions the EPA should be encouraged to ask, and how they can be encouraged to do so. With new chapters on the Bush and Clinton administrations, it is the only comprehensive history of the EPA, tracing the agency from its founding under Nixon to its current role in the Clinton administration.

"A good complement to an environmental law text--illustrates legislative and administrative aspects of regulatory schemes."--Denise Fort, University of New Mexico "I have adopted this for my seminar on organizational analysis and public policy. It is thorough and it takes a very useful approach to the study of public policy design and implementation."--Kenneth Ruscio, Washington B. Lee University "Provides a long overdue examination of the problems facing the EPA in its requirement of fulfilling Congressional directives. A useful illustration not only of EPA's methodology, but of general difficulties facing an administrative agency in complying with the laws in an appropriate manner."--Victor Flatt, University of Washington Praise for the original edition: "One of the book's most impressive features is the extraordinarily detailed rendition of the five cases....One has the sense of real battles fought out among real people. It is a flesh-and-blood world, where human stakes and motivations matter."--Science "A richly rewarding study of the most important issues faced by the EPA. It also provides a fascinating inside look at the political history of the agency...[and] will help change the way we think about environmental regulation."--Joseph L. Sax, University of California, Berkeley "An important and challenging book examining America's efforts to invent a governmental institution to carry out the vast task of environmental protection. It raises fundamental questions about the role and capacity of government in a technological democracy using a series of fascinating and carefully documented case studies. The book explores the process by which central questions of values are lost in the intricate politics and technical complexity of regulatory policy making. The EPA: Asking the Wrong Questions will challenge the public managers to rethink the policy process and their own role as public servants."--Jonathan Lash, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources "While not slighting the evident political struggle, the authors' emphasis upon public education as a prime administrative responsibility adds a welcome note of respect for evidence and feasibility, including the possibility that governmental efforts may be counterproductive, to the debate over environmental policy."--Aaron Wildavsky, Georgetown University Law Center "A study of administrative and, more broadly, democratic deliberation. As such it joins the work of Bessette, Maass, Mansbridge, Muir, Tulis, and others in defining an important new agenda for research on public policy making....To the extent that this path-breaking study succeeds in directing greater research attention to the processes and conditions of effective deliberation, Landy, Roberts and Thomas will have performed an enormous service."--American Political Science Review "Privileged access to senior EPA officials and candid interviews have provided an insider's view, rich with details of conflict."--Choice "The case studies are informative and give a broad look at EPA's activities. The ample documentation makes these studies useful as research tools in the topic areas addressed. Technical issues are handled deftly, allowing the reader to appreciate the complexity of the problems faced by the agency."--Ecology Law Quarterly "The carefully researched and detailed case studies...provide an insightful look at the internal workings of the EPA....An excellent book. I highly recommend it for both undergraduate and graduate classes interested in environmental policy making and administration. It is well researched and well written. Furthermore, its ideas are provocative and go to the heart of why environmental decision making is such a difficult process."--Natural Resources & Environmental Administration

1: Introduction 2: The Origins and Development of the Environmental Protection Agency 3: Revising the Ozone Standard 4: Writing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Regulations 5: Passing Superfund 6: Forging a Cancer Policy: The Interagency Regulatory Liaison 7: The Steel Industry and Enforcing the Clean Air Act 8: The Reagan Administration 9: The Bush and Clinton Administrations 10: Conclusions

ISBN: 9780195086737
ISBN-10: 0195086732
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 16th June 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.65  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Enlarged