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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.

Land Use Agencies: Government as Landlord
Land use agencies: Government as landlord

The previous chapters have laid out a means for understanding environmental policy. They have provided a general perspective for understanding and justifying policy, a historical perspective on how policy has evolved and is influenced by national and local forces, and an overview of the processes determining policy implementation. They have shown that there is a seemingly ever-increasing wealth of players making competing demands on government and the environment and a growing, highly politicized, and fragmented political system responding. Additionally, they have demonstrated that demand and supply are endogenous to one another.

With this foundation, the current chapter and Chapter 8 examine actual outcomes. The present chapter focuses on the land management agencies, Chapter 8 on ...

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