Spring 2006

SOCS 629 (AMST)
Environmental Policy and Politics

Eisner,Marc A.

01/23/2006 - 05/06/2006
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

This course will provide an overview of environmental politics and policy. In the first part of the course, we will explore competing philosophical positions on environmentalism (e.g., deep ecology vs. conservation) and the ways in which they impact on policy. In the second part of the course, we will examine the history, successes, and limitations of U.S. environmental policy. We will also consider the ongoing critiques of the EPA and the attempts to reinvent environmental regulation during the past several presidential administrations. In the third part, we will turn to consider global environmental issues, including sustainable development, global climate change, and biodiversity. We will also examine efforts--both successful and unsuccessful--to design and implement new international institutions and policies.

We will conclude the course with a careful consideration of the following questions: How dire are global environmental problems? What are the difficulties inherent in managing these problems in the global arena? To the extent that these problems are insurmountable, what kinds of alternative solutions exist?

Students will be required to write two short essays and a policy brief.

No previous training in economics or environmental science is assumed.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Marc Eisner (B.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. Marquette University; M.B.A. University of Connecticut; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin) is professor of government and Henry Merritt Wriston chair in public policy. He is author of six books, including Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Governance (Lynne Rienner, 2007), and is past president of the New England Political Science Association. Click here for more information about Marc Eisner.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Judith Layzer, THE ENVIRONMENTAL CASE (CQ Press), Paperback

Norman Vig, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (CQ Press), Paperback

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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