Understanding Environmental Policy

second edition

Steven Cohen

Columbia University Press

Understanding Environmental Policy

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Pub Date: June 2014

ISBN: 9780231167758

232 Pages

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Understanding Environmental Policy

second edition

Steven Cohen

Columbia University Press

The first edition of this pragmatic course text emphasized the policy value of a "big picture" approach to the ethical, political, technological, scientific, economic, and management aspects of environmental issues. The text then applied this approach to real-world case examples involving leaks in underground storage tanks, toxic waste cleanup, and the effects of global climate change.

This second edition demonstrates the ongoing effectiveness of the book's framework in generating meaningful action and policy solutions to current environmental issues. The text adds case examples concerning congestion taxes, e-waste, hydrofracking, and recent developments in global climate change, updating references and other materials throughout and incorporating the political and policy changes of the Obama administration's first term and developments in national and global environmental issues.

The beauty of this book is that it offers a holistic, yet straightforward and logical approach, for analyzing the complexity of environmental issues and it is easy to digest and apply in a semester.

Tanya Heikkila, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

A scholarly, detailed analysis... invaluable.

Midwest Book Review

This new edition... contains updated case studies and three excellent new ones on fracking, electronic waste, and congestion pricing. Each is well described, engaging, and memorable, making them especially valuable as teaching tools, not just thoughtful, timely analyses

CHOICE

A well-written succinct account of the causes and effects of contemporary environmental problems, addressing the interdisciplinary issues surrounding the environmental policy arena.

Public Administration Review
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Part I. Developing a Framework
1. Understanding Environmental Policy
2. A Framework for Understanding the Environmental Policy Issue
Part II. Applying the Framework
3. Why Can't NYC Get a Congestion Charge?
4. Who Is Responsible for E-Waste and How Can We Ensure Its Safe Disposal?
5. Why Is Hydrofracking Contentious?
6. How Can We Assess the Risks of, Prepare for, and Slow Climate Change?
Part III. Understanding, Developing, and Implementing Environmental Policy
7. What Has the Framework Taught Us About These Environmental Sustainability Problems and What Else Do We Need to Know?
8. Conclusions: Improving Environmental Policy
References
Notes
Index

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About the Author

Steven Cohen is the executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is also director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and the director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education. He is a consultant, former policy analyst, and former member of the Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.