As the world considers how to deal with the impacts of a changing climate, it’s vital that we understand the ways in which the United States’ policymaking process addresses environmental issues. A mix of existing political theory and original analysis, Environmental Policy and Governance in an Era of Climate Change applies recent policy scholarship to questions of environmental governance, with a particular focus on climate change. The book examines how competing political actors influence policies within and across institutions, focusing on both a macro-level, where formal bodies set the agenda, and a meso-level, where issues are contained within policy subsystems.
Divided into four sections, the book seeks to incorporate insights from environmental economics into a better understanding of why policy decisions are made. Part I provides a foundation for further analysis by exploring the history of environmental policy. Part II then focuses on the role of formal institutions in the policymaking process, covering topics that include Congress, the Executive and Judicial branches, and the evolving role of federalism. Part III examines informal influencers, including media, interest groups and public opinion. The final section uses economic models to analyze policy decisions, highlighting efficiency and cost-benefit analyses. By placing specific climate change case studies in a broader context, Environmental Policy and Governance in an Era of Climate Change will help students enrolled in environmental studies courses—as well as all those interested in the impacts of policy on climate change – to understand what is, and will likely continue to be, one of the most pressing policy issues of our time.
1. A Framework for Understanding Environmental Policymaking
2. Values and Value Conflicts
3. Agenda Setting and Issue Definitions
4. Policymaking in Institutions
5. Policymaking in Networks
6. Policy Design
7. Climate Governance in the United States