Environmental Policymaking in Congress: Issue Definitions in Wetlands, Great Lakes and Wildlife Policies, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Environmental Policymaking in Congress

Issue Definitions in Wetlands, Great Lakes and Wildlife Policies, 1st Edition

By Kelly Tzoumis


134 pages

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Utilizing current natural resource policies, this work effectively shows how the wetlands fit a dominance model, the Great Lakes is a bounded model, and wildlife is labeled as a valence model. A must read for all interested in congressional policymaking, this book breaks new ground in our understanding of legislative policymaking.


"a useful primer for any graduate student…the book's strengths make it useful as a supplemental work in graduate research seminars." -- political science quarterly, september 22, 2002

Table of Contents

Foreword, Senator Paul Simon; Series Editor Preface, Steven A. Shull; 1. The Issue Definition Process in Agenda Setting; 2. Three Models of Issue Definition in Congress; 3. Dominance Issue Model—The Case of Wetlands; 4. Bounded Issue Model—The Case of the Great Lakes; 5. Valence Issue Model—The Case of Wildlife; 6. Effectiveness of Using Issue Definition Models for Understanding Agenda Setting in Congress.

About the Author

Kelly Tzoumis is professor and chair of the Public Policy Studies Department at DePaul University. Her research has focused on public policy, congressional politics and agenda setting in the areas of wetlands, the Great Lakes, wildlife, environmental impact statements, water rights, environmental justice, and management of Public works agencies.

About the Series

Politics and Policy in American Institutions

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General