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Environmental Politics and Policy

Environmental Politics and Policy

Twelfth Edition

August 2022 | 280 pages | CQ Press
Walter A. Rosenbaum's classic Environmental Politics and Policy, Twelfth Edition, provides definitive coverage of environmental politics and policy, lively case material, and a balanced assessment of current environmental issues. The newly streamlined first half of the book sets needed context and describes the policy process, while the second half covers specific environmental issues such as air and water, toxic and hazardous substances, energy, and global policymaking on issues like climate change and trans-boundary politics. The Twelfth Edition includes updated case studies and a look at the transition in environmental policies between the Trump and Biden administrations, offering students a current and relevant look at the continuing challenge of reconciling sound science with practical politics.

Chapter 1 After Earth Day
Chapter 2 Making Policy: The Process
Chapter 3 Making Policy: Government Institutions and Politics
Chapter 4 Common Policy Challenges: Risk Assessment and Environmental Justice
Chapter 5 More Choice: The Battle Over Regulatory Economics
Chapter 6 Command and Control in Action: Air and Water Pollution Regulation
Chapter 7 A Regulatory Thicket: Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Chapter 8 Energy: America’s Energy Politics in Transition
Chapter 9 635 Million Acres of Politics: The Contested Resources of Public Lands
Chapter 10 The Politics and Policy of Global Climate Change
Key features


  • New discussion of the transformation in environmental policy between the Trump and Biden administrations, with analysis of the resulting consequences.
  • A newly reorganized and streamlined first half of the book more clearly illustrates the essential components of the policymaking process.
  • Comprehensively updated case studies and other examples throughout the book bring contemporary issues into focus.


  • A balanced assessment of current environmental issues helps readers understand key issues and controversies.
  • Lively case material shows readers how environmental policy and politics plays out in the real world.
  • Updated tables and figures illustrate key environmental information.
  • A detailed timeline frames the initial chapter's historical narrative of evolving environmental policy. 

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ISBN: 9781071844519