Monday, June 18, 2012
Urban Environmental Policy Analysis
Heather E. Campbell and Elizabeth A. Corley
(M.E. Sharpe, 2012)
This timely book provides a wealth of useful information for following through on today’s renewed concern for sustainability and environmentalism. It’s designed to help city managers, policy analysts, and government administrators think comprehensively and communicate effectively about environmental policy issues.
Urban Environmental Policy Analysis illustrates a system-based framework model of the city that provides a holistic view of environmental media (land, air, and water) while helping decision makers understand the extent to which environmental policy decisions are intertwined with the natural, built, and social systems of the city. The text introduces basic and environment-specific policyanalytic models, methods, and tools; presents numerous specific environmental policy puzzles that will confront cities; and introduces methods for understanding and educating public opinions around urban environmental policy.
The book is grounded in the policy-analytic perspective rather than political science, economic, or planning frameworks. It includes both new scholarship and synthesis of existing policy analysis. The text features numerous tables, figures, checklists, and maps, and also contains a comprehensive reference list.