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Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy

Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft


This analysis of U.S. environmental policy offers a conceptual framework that serves as a roadmap to the array of laws, programs, and approaches developed over the last four decades. Combining case studies and theoretical discussion, the book views environmental policy in the context of three epochs: the rise of command-and-control federal regulation in the 1970s; the period of efficiency-based reform efforts that followed; and the more recent trend toward sustainable development and integrated approaches at local and regional levels. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the new approac ... More

Keywords: case studies, federal regulation, efficiency-based reform, sustainable development, integrated approaches, subnational level, regional level, state level, air pollution, water pollution

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262134927
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262134927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel A. Mazmanian, editor

Michael E. Kraft, editor

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I Introduction

1 The Three Epochs of the Environmental Movement

Daniel A. Mazmanian, and Michael E. Kraft

II Transitional Approaches in Conventional Media-Based Environmental Policies

6 Local Open Space Preservation in the United States

Daniel Press, and Nicole Nakagawa

III Toward Community, Regional, and State Strategies for Sustainability: Leading Examples of the Transformation Process

10 Collaborative Watershed Partnerships in the Epoch of Sustainability

Mark Lubell, William D. Leach, and Paul A. Sabatier

IV Overview and Implications for a Sustainable Future

12 Conclusions: Toward Sustainable Communities

Michael E. Kraft, and Daniel A. Mazmanian

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