Turmoil in American Public Policy: Science, Democracy, and the Environment

Turmoil in American Public Policy: Science, Democracy, and the Environment

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Overview

This book explores the intricacies of the science-policy linkage that pervades environmental policymaking in a democracy.


• Includes excerpts from 100 interviews with natural scientists and social scientists conducted over the past several years

• Provides two figures illustrating the concepts of pluralism and elitism in the United States public policymaking process

• Offers end-of-chapter reflection questions and suggested readings for students

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313385360
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/15/2010
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Leslie R. Alm, PhD, is professor of political science and public administration at Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Ross E. Burkhart, PhD, is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Marc V. Simon, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

What People are Saying About This

Nina Burkardt

"This book offers a fascinating and unique portrayal of how natural and social scientists in the US and Canada experience and navigate the science-policymaking interface. By probing important questions about the connections between democracy and science, the authors call for change in how the worlds of science and policy intersect. Scientists, policymakers, scholars, and students with an interest in environmental policy will all find something of value in this volume."

Charles Davis

"A hugely important task for any democratic society is reconciling the often contradictory roles carried out by scientists and policymakers. Alm, Burkhart, and Simon address the challenge of communicating technical information to public officials in ways that preserve the integrity of science without undermining key political values like accountability and representativeness. The result is a thought provoking account of the nexus between science and public policy that is both enlightening and readable."

Michael E. Kraft

"Turmoil in American Public Policy offers a refreshingly different take on the study of public policy with its unique and timely focus on the complex role of science in the contemporary environmental policy process. This highly readable text draws from the authors' personal interviews with scientists over a twenty-year period as well as an extensive literature on public policymaking to illustrate the issues with clarity and force. The result is a distinctive and insightful study of the science-policy linkage in environmental policymaking that should appeal to both undergraduate and graduate students."

William R. Mangun

"A must read! The most significant contribution on the role of science in environmental policy since Lynton Caldwell's Between Two Worlds: Science, the Environmental Movement and Policy Choice, in 1990."

William R. Mangun, Professor of Political Science at East Carolina University and co-author of Managing the Environmental Crisis, Duke University Press, 1999.

Robert V. Bartlett

"This is the environmental policy textbook that I have long wished someone would write! Its rich analysis of the intersections of science and democracy in the policy process provides a superlative perspective for illuminating the complexities and paradoxes of environmental policy making, resulting in an integrative coherence rarely achieved by a textbook. Offering an exemplary review of what we know about science and environmental policy, it should simultaneously serve as a valuable treatise and reference for analysts and researchers."

Robert V. Bartlett, Gund Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Vermont, co-author of Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence

Claire Garon

"An innovative perspective regarding the evolving contributions of science and scientists towards the evolution of public environmental issues, policy making aimed at the fight for environmental protection, as well as electoral platforms.

Comparisons between American and Canadian environmental policymaking, their social aspects, and links to international cooperation provide a novel view of this important aspect of democracy in North America.

A well documented book that will lead to interesting and much needed debates regarding major current concerns about the environment."

Nina Burkardt

"This book offers a fascinating and unique portrayal of how natural and social scientists in the US and Canada experience and navigate the science-policymaking interface. By probing important questions about the connections between democracy and science, the authors call for change in how the worlds of science and policy intersect. Scientists, policymakers, scholars, and students with an interest in environmental policy will all find something of value in this volume."

Nina Burkardt, Social Science Research Analyst with the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado, and one of the authors of Resolving Disputes over Science in Natural Resource Agency Decision-making, a 2009 Bureau of Reclamation Technical Report

William R. Mangun

"A must read! The most significant contribution on the role of science in environmental policy since Lynton Caldwell's Between Two Worlds: Science, the Environmental Movement and Policy Choice, in 1990."

Michael E. Kraft

"Turmoil in American Public Policy offers a refreshingly different take on the study of public policy with its unique and timely focus on the complex role of science in the contemporary environmental policy process. This highly readable text draws from the authors' personal interviews with scientists over a twenty-year period as well as an extensive literature on public policymaking to illustrate the issues with clarity and force. The result is a distinctive and insightful study of the science-policy linkage in environmental policymaking that should appeal to both undergraduate and graduate students."

Michael E. Kraft, Professor of Political Science and the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and author of Environmental Policy and Politics, 4th Edition, Pearson, 2006, and co-editor of Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, 7th Edition, CQ Press, 2010.

Claire Garon

"An innovative perspective regarding the evolving contributions of science and scientists towards the evolution of public environmental issues, policy making aimed at the fight for environmental protection, as well as electoral platforms.

Comparisons between American and Canadian environmental policymaking, their social aspects, and links to international cooperation provide a novel view of this important aspect of democracy in North America.

A well documented book that will lead to interesting and much needed debates regarding major current concerns about the environment."

Claire Garon, M. Env., Research Associate and Canada Research Chair on International Management Standards and Environmental Affairs at Laval University, Quebec

Charles Davis

"A hugely important task for any democratic society is reconciling the often contradictory roles carried out by scientists and policymakers. Alm, Burkhart, and Simon address the challenge of communicating technical information to public officials in ways that preserve the integrity of science without undermining key political values like accountability and representativeness. The result is a thought provoking account of the nexus between science and public policy that is both enlightening and readable."

Charles Davis, Professor of Environmental Politics at Colorado State University, and editor of Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics, 2nd Edition, Westview, 2001.

Robert V. Bartlett

"This is the environmental policy textbook that I have long wished someone would write! Its rich analysis of the intersections of science and democracy in the policy process provides a superlative perspective for illuminating the complexities and paradoxes of environmental policy making, resulting in an integrative coherence rarely achieved by a textbook. Offering an exemplary review of what we know about science and environmental policy, it should simultaneously serve as a valuable treatise and reference for analysts and researchers."

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