New Directions In Environmental Policy Making: An Emerging Collaborative Regime Or Reinventing Interest Group Liberalism?
Natural Resources Journal
Politics and Government
Scholars and practitioners frustrated by the inefficiencies of environmental policy and the excessive adversarialism of environmental politics have embraced a panoply of "next generation" reforms of policy and process. Reformers hope that emerging policies can be more pragmatic and efficient than those shaped by the laws of the 1960s and 1970s, and that policymaking processes will be more collaborative and less conflictual. There has been movement down the collaborative path in many areas, from habitat conservation planning under the Endangered Species Act to formal and informal attempts at negotiating pollution regulations to local collaborative conservation efforts like the Quivira Coalition. This article acknowledges the depth of the problem of adversarialism in the current environmental policymaking system as well as the potential of some of these collaborative approaches, but argues that this strain of the next generation agenda is in important respects a return to an old and discredited form of the "policy without law" decried by Theodore Lowi in his classic The End of Liberalism in the 1960s and attacked by those who built the modern structure Of environmental law.
Sousa, David J., and Christopher Mcgrory Mc. 2007. "New directions in environmental policy making: An emerging collaborative regime or reinventing interest group liberalism?." Natural Resources Journal 47(2): 377-444.