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Federalism and Environmental Policy, Second Edition, Revised and Updated

Trust and the Politics of Implementation

Giving particular attention to intergovernmental working relationships, this revised edition of Federalism and Environmental Policy has been significantly updated to reflect the changes that have taken place since the highly praised first edition. Denise Scheberle examines reasons why environmental laws seldom work out exactly as planned. Casting federal-state working relationships as "pulling together," "coming apart," or somewhere in-between, she provides dozens of observations from federal and state officials. This study also suggests that implementation of environmental policy is a story of high stakes politics—a story rich with contextual factors and as fascinating as the time the policy was formulated.

As four very different environmental programs unfold—asbestos (updated to include the fallout from the World Trade Center), drinking water, radon, and surface coal mining—Scheberle demonstrates how programs evolve differently, with individual political, economic, logistical, and technical constraints. The policy implementation framework developed for the book provides the lens through which to compare environmental laws.

Federalism and Environmental Policy goes beyond the contents of policy to explore the complex web of federal-state working relationships and their effect on the implementation of policy. It is unique in how it portrays the nuts-and-bolts, the extent to which the state and federal offices work together effectively—or not. Examining working relationships within the context of program implementation and across four different environmental programs offers a unique perspective on why environmental laws sometimes go awry.

About the Author

Denise Scheberle is a professor emerita in the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


"Anyone who cares about federal-state relationships or environmental policy will applaud Denise Scheberle for updating her excellent book on these issues. This book not only provides up-to-date analysis of key policy developments in major environmental programs, but also provides a helpful analytic framework to advance our thinking about how to improve these important initiatives."—Paul L. Posner, General Accounting Office

"In this new edition, Scheberle returns to the vital but often puzzling world of intergovernmental policy implementation. Thoroughly updated with new data and an expanded model, Federalism and Environmental Policy provides insights on the implementation question that are innovative and compelling. This book will have a major impact on the field."—Ann O'M. Bowman, James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of Government, University of South Carolina

"This revised and updated edition of Federalism and Environmental Policy provides a significant contribution to our understanding of relationships between the states and the national government. The major contribution of this work is to set the environmental policy process in its unique constitutional and political context. Substantial new research updates the four case studies, and Scheberle's analytic framework furnishes a blueprint for future environmental policy analyses. This is a splendid book for both scholars and students of environmental policy and federalism."—Susan J. Buck, associate professor of political science and director of environmental studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

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