Environmental Policy in North America: Approaches, Capacity, and the Management of Transboundary Issues

Environmental Policy in North America: Approaches, Capacity, and the Management of Transboundary Issues

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By Robert G. Healy, Debora L. VanNijnatten, and Marcela López-Vallejo
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2014
World Rights
224 Pages
ISBN 9781442601796
Published Jan 2014
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ISBN 9781442693777
Published Jan 2014
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This comprehensive analysis of key issues in North American environmental policy provides an overview of how the US, Mexico, and Canada differ in their environmental management approaches and capacity levels, and how these differences play into cross-border cooperation on environmental problems. The book offers insights into transboundary cooperation both before and after NAFTA, and presents a framework for making environmental interaction more effective in the future.

The book is organized into two parts. The first, more general, section compares the national contexts for environmental management in each country—including economic conditions, sociocultural dynamics, and political decision-making frameworks— and shows how these have led to variations in policy approaches and levels of capacity. The authors argue that effective environmental governance in North America depends on the ability of transboundary institutions to address and mediate these differences. The book's second section illustrates this argument, using four case studies of environmental management in North America: biodiversity and protected areas, air pollution (smog); greenhouse gas reduction, and genetically modified crops.

Robert G. Healy is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Debora L. VanNijnatten is Associate Professor of Political Science and North American Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Marcela López-Vallejo is Professor in the School of International Relations at Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico.
List of Illustrations
A Note on Sources of Data

Introduction: Maps of the Continent

Part I

1. Environmental Management Approaches and Capacities
2. Transboundary Environmental Governance in North America: Bridging Differences?

Part II

3. Case Study: Biodiversity and Protected Areas
4. Case Study: The "Smog" Problem
5. Case Study: Greenhouse Gas Reduction
6. Case Study: Genetically Modified Crops
7. Conclusions: The Future of Transboundary Environmental Management in North America

Essential reading for environmental scholars, policy specialists, and professionals concerned with the challenges and opportunities inherent to transboundary environmental protection in North America. The book provides American readers with a fresh, twenty-first-century understanding of the United States' role in ecological governance on a continental scale.

Walter A. Rosenbaum, University of Florida

As a teacher of North American issues, I have searched long and hard for material that takes a true continental perspective on environmental issues. This volume fills that need admirably. It is a fantastic compendium of hard-to-find facts from all three North American countries, and its powerful comparative perspective reveals the degree to which we all share stewardship of the continent's rich, but fragile, natural resources.

Stephen R. Kelly, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, and currently Associate Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Duke University

With pressing environmental issues facing the continent around energy, transportation, and climate change, this book arrives at a critical juncture. It is an absolute must-read for anyone serious about effecting environmental change in North America.

Dave Angus, President and CEO, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and Chair, Joint Public Advisory Committee, Commission for Environmental Cooperation