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Population growth, industrial development, and renewed resource extraction have put the wide-open spaces and natural resources that define the West under immense stress. Vested interests clash and come to terms over embattled resources such as water, minerals, and even open space. The federal government controls 40 to 80 percent of the land base in many western states, so its sway over the future of the West’s communities and environments has prompted the development of unique policies and politics. 

In the third edition of Environmental Politics and Policy in the West, Zachary A. Smith and John Freemuth bring together a roster of top scholars to explicate the key issues involved. The volume has been completely updated to cover rapidly changing developments in the West, including climate change, land management politics and policy, science controversies, western water and river restoration, tribal sovereignty issues, the management of endangered species, and renewable energy development. Contributors also address how bureaucracy and politics shape environmental dialogues and explore multifaceted issues such as the politics of dam removal and restoration, wildlife resource concerns, suburban sprawl and smart growth, the management of renewable resources, public land reform and science, tribal sovereignty and energy, and the allocation of the West’s tightly limited water resources.

This timely new edition offers a comprehensive and current survey of influential western policy and environmental issues. It will be of great use to students of environmental studies and also public and environmental policy, as well as activists and professionals working in the environmental arena.

Contributors: Leslie R. Alm, Esther Babcock, Hugh Bartling, Matthew A. Cahn, Charles Davis, Sandra Davis, Megan M. DeMasters, Duran Fiack, Robert E. Forbis Jr., John Freemuth, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Matt Lindstrom, Jean C. Mangun, William R. Mangun, Denise McCain-Tharnstrom, Daniel McCool, Zachary A. Smith

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. Zachary A. Smith, John Freemuth
  3. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. 1. Energy, the Environment, and the American West: A Policymaking Perspective
  2. Leslie R. Alm
  3. pp. 3-26
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  1. 2. Bureaucracy and Politics of Energy and Environmental Policy in the Western States
  2. Matthew A. Cahn, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Denise McCain-Tharnstrom, Duran Fiack
  3. pp. 27-54
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  1. 3. Governance, Science, and the Federal Lands
  2. John Freemuth, Esther Babcock
  3. pp. 55-78
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  1. 4. Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the West
  2. Hugh Bartling, Matt Lindstrom, Ashleigh Walter
  3. pp. 79-100
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  1. 5. Renewable Energy Policymaking in the American West
  2. Charles Davis, Sandra Davis, Cassandra Koerner
  3. pp. 101-126
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  1. 6. Water in the Western United States: Storied Past and Troubled Future
  2. Zachary A. Smith
  3. pp. 127-148
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  1. 7. The Politics of River Restoration
  2. Daniel McCool
  3. pp. 149-168
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  1. 8. Wildlife Conservation Policy and Energy Development in Western States
  2. William R. Mangun, Jean C. Mangun
  3. pp. 169-196
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  1. 9. Tribal Sovereignty: The Struggle to Balance Traditions of Environmental Stewardship with Modern-Era Energy Resource Development
  2. Robert E. Forbis Jr., Megan M. DeMasters
  3. pp. 197-220
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-234
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