Capacity for Governance

Walter A. Rosenbaum

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Capacity for Governance


This article discusses four of the most significant domestic innovations in environmental governance since the first Earth Day in 1970. These are the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 and its complementary creation of the Environmental Impact Statement; common pool resources management; and the Clean Air Act of 1970. The article begins by placing these important innovations in the context of major challenges posed to domestic environmental governance by the Third Environmental Era. It then considers the research significance of these innovations and examines important research issues now posed by continuing experience with this domestic governance. It provides a comprehensive review and assessment of the literature of environmental politics and policy by examining the important current literature about environmental governance and its implications for a future research agenda, issues fundamental to any discussion of environmental politics and policy, past and future.

Keywords: environmental policy; environmental governance; Third Environmental Era; domestic governance; environmental politics; Environmental Policy Act; Environmental Impact Statement; common pool resources; Clean Air Act

Article.  11341 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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