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Within a federal system, government agencies and regulatory policies can be fractured -- even at odds with each other. National actors share power with their counterparts in states and localities, as do presidents with Congressional leaders, and bureaucrats with judges. Understanding the broad economic and political contexts of environmental policymaking illuminates the motivations behind policy choices of various interested parties, from the National Park Service and the EPA to environmental activists and members of Congress. Rothenberg utilizes basic economic ideas to provide, not only a fresh look at how the U.S. deals with environmental ills, but a way of thinking about policy making in general.

Environmental Action, Environmental Caution: The Case for Government Intervention
Environmental action, environmental caution: The case for government intervention

As stated in Chapter 1, the mere fact that demand increases for a good does not dictate that government will automatically step in to directly or indirectly produce it. Nor, given that rising demand interacts with political realities, does political action ensure that such production will even resemble the recommendations of politically indifferent policy analysts or benevolent social planners. Understanding American environmental policy requires identifying how increasing demand interacts with supply, particularly how distinguishing supply-side features such as political fragmentation affects the extent and nature of policy intervention given rising demand. More specifically, it is essential to detail the mechanisms that help to determine whether societal demands translate ...

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