GOVT-354 Environmental Politics
Fall for 2009-2010
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This course will examine recurring political problems arising in the context of environmental and natural resource protection. Subject areas will include the philosophic and economic underpinnings of the environmental movement, wildlife protection, wetlands preservation, air and water quality improvement, energy, hazardous waste disposal; timber management, wilderness and park protection, and global climate change. The types of problems examined will include issues of federalism, the proper role for cost (risk) benefit analysis, economic incentives as a management approach, environmental racism, economic subsidies, regulatory “taking” of private property without compensation, appropriate roles for the three branches of government in environmental decision-making, international (including trade and global warming) environmental issues, and the relative merits of different methods of resolving environmental problems. This course will complement but not duplicate Govt. 322, Prof. Butler’s Spring, ‘06 course.
This course counts toward the American Government distribution requirement.
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Fall '09: Butler W (description, file download)
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