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The general purpose of this course is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a theoretical understanding of the policymaking processes through which modern societies attempt to cope with environmental and natural resource problems. The primary focus is on the American system, but a limited number of topics relating to international environmental issues are also explored. General themes include the relationship between political processes and policy outcomes, the correlation of environmental politics and science, and the need to balance trade-offs between legal, economic, political, social and environmental goals.

This course also examines several major substantive areas in environmental policy to provide real world examples of environmental theory at work. It is my specific or secondary objective to present the public administrative practice that surrounds the historical foundations and the current approaches to environmental politics. As a result of the twofold concerns of this course, throughout the semester the theoretical writings of environmental thinkers will be explained and compared to the political practice of environmental planners. In accomplishing these core objectives students will learn how to think analytically about issues fundamental to the enduring environmental movement.

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