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POLI 2338 Environmental Politics and Policy (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course provides an overview of environmental politics in the U.S., with an emphasis on the ways in which environmental policy is developed and implemented. We begin by analyzing the historical development of environmental policy in the U.S. paying close attention to how the environment as an issue has evolved from the time of the country's founding through to the modern environmental movement. We then examine specific case studies related to contemporary policy challenges. Whether climate change, nonpoint source pollution, Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY) politics, or natural disasters, today citizens are confronting the consequences of rapid economic growth and development. Along the way we will consider the key actors that shape environmental outcomes including: Congress, the EPA, industry lobbyists, state and local environmental agencies, advocacy groups, the science community, and the private sector.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Michael T. Hartney

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 02-Feb-17