Better Environmental Policy Studies
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Environmental policy studies commissioned by government agencies or other stakeholders can play a vital role in environmental decisionmaking; they provide much-needed insight into policy options and specific recommendations for action. But the results of even the most rigorous studies are frequently misappropriated or misunderstood and are as likely to confuse an issue as they are to clarify it.
Better Environmental Policy Studies explores this problem, as it considers the shortcomings of current approaches to policy studies and presents a pragmatic new approach to the subject. Reviewing five cases that are widely regarded as the most effective policy studies to have been conducted in the United States in the last few decades, the authors present a comprehensive guide to the concepts and methods required for conducting effective policy studies. The book:
Better Environmental Policy Studies presents a practical, battle-tested approach to overcoming the obstacles to formulating effective environmental policy. It is an invaluable resource for students and faculty in departments of environmental studies, public policy and administration, and planning, as well as for professional policy analysts and others involved with making decisions and mediating disputes over environmental issues.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Conventional Approach To Environmental Policy Studies
Chapter 3. How Environmental Policy Studies Can Be Used Effectively
Chapter 4. How Policy Studies Should Be Organized
Chapter 5. Methods And Roles Of Environmental Policy Studies
Chapter 6. Rethinking The Choice Of Methods For Policy Analysis
Chapter 7. International Perspectives
Appendix A. National Academy Of Sciences National Research Council Report Review Guidelines