America's Environmental Legacies: Shaping Policy through by Franklin Kalinowski

By Franklin Kalinowski

This robust e-book specializes in the capability of the yankee political procedure to reply to ecological demanding situations via coverage views, the restrictions of our written structure, and the decision we muster to handle those assessments of nationwide personality. positioned easily, this can be a booklet approximately politics, coverage, and political will. Kalinowski brilliantly exhibits that America’s collective will is located within the cultural values enunciated through the Founding Fathers and handed down via heritage with variations. It includes the fundamental lacking component in picking out how we at present reply to crises. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison had specified principles in regards to the position that Nature may well play sooner or later. spotting the origins and affects in their environmental legacies is the major to reading the place American environmental politics is this day, how we came, and the place we'd be headed.

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Freeman and Company, 1992), Lester Milbrath, Environmentalists: Vanguard for a New Society (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1984), Charles Bednar, Transforming the Dream (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003). See also John Rodman, “Paradigm Change in Political Science: An Ecological Perspective,” American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 1, September/ October 1980, 49–78. 21. For a good discussion of anti-determinism and anti-relativism, see Herman Daly and Joshua Farley, Ecological Economics (Covelo, CA: Island Press, 2004), 44–47.

A second set of environmental narratives takes a very different view regarding American institutions. In recent years, a vocal group of writers and activists—those we might label foundational or radical environmentalists—have contended that it is the constant growth in goods and services required by our economic system; the fragmented and dysfunctional operations of our political system; and the narrow anthropocentrism of our ethics that are leading us to disregard and devastate the ecological systems of our planet.

33 The other possibility put forth by Dryzek is for regulatory policy formulated and implemented through established democratic channels. ”34 Fundamental to this approach are methods such 42 F. KALINOWSKI as public consultation and environmental impact assessment as mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act, transparent public dialog, and right-to-know legislation (built into the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986). Methods of experimentation, trial-anderror, incrementalism, and compromise—it is believed—will produce policy options that can command both wide public legitimacy and support.

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