Environmental Politics and Policy in Historical Perspective

Richard N. L. Andrews

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Environmental Politics and Policy in Historical Perspective


This article provides a historical overview of the foundations and evolution of U.S. environmental politics and policy over time, and of research on them, from their early foundations through the parallel and intersecting histories of natural resource development and conservation, environmental health, and other policies that ultimately have shaped contemporary environmental policy issues. It also suggests potential lessons from history about the U.S. political system and policy change over time and about research needs for the future.

Keywords: environmental policy; natural resource development; conservation; environmental health; political system; policy change

Article.  10637 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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