Environmental Bureaucracies

Daniel J. Fiorino

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
 Environmental Bureaucracies

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This article presents a guide to and an analysis of the EPA as possibly the world's foremost environmental bureaucracy. It begins with a brief history of the agency and its evolution over four decades, and then analyzes its organization and decision making. This is followed by an assessment of the EPA and the administrative and policy literature associated with it under three headings: relationships with state agencies; the role of economic and risk analysis in decision making; and the capacity for innovation. The final section considers the extent to which the EPA's past should define its future and that of U.S. environmental policy.

Keywords: EPA; environmental policy; bureaucracy; state agencies; economic analysis; risk analysis; policy making; policy innovation

Article.  12448 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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