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Public Policy, Geography of

  • By: J. Clark Archer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The geography of public policy concerns spatial and human-environmental aspects of the origin, formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of public policy. Many American geographers have made important contributions to domestic public policy, including Henry Gannett on census geography in the late 19th century, Gilbert White on water issues in the mid 20th century, and Brian Berry on metropolitan issues in the late 20th century. Other American geographers have made important contributions to American foreign policy, including Isaiah Bowman, who served as America's Chief Territorial Specialist during the Versailles Treaty negotiations at the end of World War I; Lewis Alexander, who contributed to U.N. Law of the Sea negotiations in the mid 20th century; and George Demko, who dealt with international humanitarian and boundary issues as ...

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