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Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Regulation

Marc Allen Eisner
Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Regulation
ISBN: 978-1-58826-460-2
$59.95
ISBN: 978-1-58826-485-5
$24.50
2006/322 pages/LC: 2006024722

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This comprehensive overview of US environmental regulation from the inception of the EPA through the Bush administration goes beyond traditional texts to consider alternatives to the existing regulatory regime, as well as the challenges posed by the global nature of environmental issues.

Thoughtful and evenhanded, Governing the Environment covers the full range of topics relevant to our understanding of current environmental policy. Clear, concise chapters move from the context of environmental policy to regulatory design, reform efforts, and notable private-sector innovations.

In the process, the author argues that we've taken conventional environmental regulation as far as it can gothat we need to look for alternative ways of governing the environment, involving corporations that have expertise in the areas of technology, products, and markets. But, he cautions, there must be a careful integration of private-sector initiatives and public regulation.

A notable feature of the text is an examination of the difficulties inherent in managing global environmental problems. Exploring recent efforts toward global environmental governance in the face of competing economic demands, the final chapter considers the ways in which a system of governance might compensate for the lack of effective international regulatory institutions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marc Allen Eisner is Henry Merritt Wriston Chair of Public Policy in the Government Department at Wesleyan University. His publications include Antitrust and the Triumph of Economics and Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 2nd Edition.

CONTENTS

  • Environmental Protection and Governance: An Introduction.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND POLITICS.
  • A Primer on Environmental Protection.
  • The Environmental Policy Subsystem.
  • THE EVOLUTION OF REGULATORY DESIGN AND REFORM.
  • Regulatory Design and Performance.
  • Regulatory Reform or Reversal?
  • Reinventing Environmental Regulation: Flexibility in an Iron Cage.
  • Of Partnerships and Paralysis: Voluntarism and the End of Reform.
  • THE EMERGING SYSTEM OF GREEN GOVERNANCE.
  • From Greed to Green: Corporate Environmentalism and Management.
  • Green by Association: Code and Standard-Based Self-Regulation.
  • Public-Private Hybrids and Environmental Governance.
  • REGULATING THE GLOBAL COMMONS FROM THE BOTTOM UP.
  • Beyond the Tragedy of the Global Commons.
  • From Montreal to Kyoto.
  • Sustainable Development: Managing the Unmanageable.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Green Governance and the Future of Environmental Protection.