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Main Title Bringing society back in : grassroots ecosystem management, accountability, and sustainable communities /
Author Weber, Edward P.
Publisher MIT Press,
Year Published 2003
OCLC Number 50511121
ISBN 0262731517 (pbk.); 9780262731515 (pbk.); 026223226X (hc.); 9780262232265 (hc.)
Subjects Environmental policy--Citizen participation. ; Environmental policy--Northwest, Pacific--Citizen participation--Case studies. ; Environmental protection--Citizen participation. ; Environmental protection--Northwest, Pacific--Citizen participation--Case studies.
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EIAM  GE180.W425 2003 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 08/01/2003
EKAM  GE180.W425 2003 Region 4 Library/Atlanta,GA 08/03/2009
ERAM  GE180.W425 2003 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 09/12/2003
Collation xvi, 317 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-310) and index.
Contents Notes Changing institutions, accountability, and policy performance -- Rural communities embrace grassroots ecosystem management -- Operationalizing accountability in a decentralized, collaborative, shared-power world -- The Applegate partnership : "practice trust, them is us" -- Coping with conflicting water resource demands in the Henry's Fork Watershed -- Preserving and restoring natural resources in a pristine, nature-dependent community : the case of the Willapa Alliance -- The temporal-environmental dimension of accountability : building community capacity and commitment to sustainability -- Accountability and policy performance through governance and government. Publisher's description: In the last two decades, people in a growing number of localities in the United States have developed grassroots ecosystem management (GREM) as a means to resolve policy problems affecting their environment, economy, and communities. Ad hoc and voluntary groups of environmentalists, developers, businesspeople, federal and state resource managers, farmers, loggers, local citizens, and those representing recreation interests use deliberation and consensus to enhance public policy performance. Instead of focusing on specific issues such as air pollution, GREM emphasizes the integrated management of entire watersheds and ecosystems. But what happens to democratic accountability in these collaborative efforts? Despite concerns that they might result in special interest government, the acceleration of environmental degradation, and an end-run around national environmental protection laws, this research suggests otherwise. Bringing Society Back In establishes a theoretical framework for exploring issues of policy performance and democratic accountability raised by GREM. Through three case studies--the Applegate Partnership in Oregon, the Henry's Fork Watershed Council in Idaho, and the Willapa Alliance in Washington state--it explores the mechanisms used to determine how accountability works. The book finds that by combining traditional and formal governance structures with informal institutions, GREM can be accountable to individuals, communities, surrounding regions, and the nation. The book also identifies conditions under which GREM is most likely to achieve democratic accountability. In addition, it investigates the connection between accountability and policy performance. The evidence suggests that GREM can produce environmental policy outcomes that are supportive not only of the environment and economy, but also of environmental sustainability.
Place Published Cambridge, Mass.
PUB Date Free Form c2003
Series Title Traced American and comparative environmental policy
BIB Level m
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
LCCN 2002032163
OCLC Time Stamp 20090730162428
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 04829cam 22005534a 45020