Writing for an undergraduate audience, Switzer (political science, Northern Arizona U.) presents the new edition of her textbook on environmental policy making and policy change. The work has been updated to reflect a more global and less American view and to reflect recent critical issues. Chapters look at the stakeholders and institutions of environmental policy making before turning to specific environmental issues including pollution, forestry policy, water scarcity, and the management of public lands. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
To put environmental politics in context, it is important to understand how the recognition of environmental problems, and the attempts to devise solutions for these problems, make up the policy process. The authors use the policy process as a framework for reviewing the broad spectrum of environmental problems facing political leaders today. They discuss both the development of US policy and the globalization of environmental politics, particularly as manifested in international agreements and in the activities of the United Nations Environment Program. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.