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Environmental Politics and Policy in the West

Third Edition

edited by Zachary A. Smith and John Freemuth

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"A valuable contribution to environmental studies/policy and related programs."


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., Sheldon Kamieniecki, Cassandra Koerner, Matt Lindstrom, Jean C. Mangun, William R. Mangun, Denise McCain-Tharnstrom, Daniel McCool, Ashleigh Walter


Zachary A. Smith is a Regents' Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University. A consultant both nationally and internationally on natural resource and environmental matters, he is the author or editor of more than 25 books and many articles on environmental and natural resource policy topics.

John Freemuth is a professor of public policy and senior fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. He chaired the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management after being appointed by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, was the Senior Fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy from 1998-2012, and has rejoined the Center as the Senior Fellow for Environment and Public Lands.

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  • Paperback Price: $67.90
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-456-0
  • Ebook Price: $53.90
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-457-7
  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Pages: 232
  • Illustrations: 3 figures
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Zachary A. Smith and John Freemuth
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-456-0
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