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Managing the environmental crisis : incorporating competing values in natural resource administration
Mangun, William Russell.
Personal Author:
Second edition, revised and updated.
Publication Information:
Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 394 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Managing the environmental crisis / Daniel H. Henning and William R. Mangun. 1989.
Forces shaping environmental & natural resource administration -- Environmental and natural resource policy -- Environmental administration in a decisionmaking context -- Energy considerations in environmental policy -- Renewable resource management -- Nonrenewable resource management -- Outdoor recreation and wilderness management -- Environmental pollution control -- Urban and regional environmental policy -- International environmental administration.
Reading Level:
1610 Lexile.

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HC79.E5 H46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Second edition
With a new foreword by Lynton Keith Caldwell

In Managing the Environmental Crisis William R. Mangun and Daniel H. Henning provide a balanced and comprehensive guide to the management of complex environmental and natural resource policy issues. Taking into account new developments, trends, and issues that have arisen in recent years, the authors begin with the recognition, often overlooked, that it is not the environment that needs to be managed but human action relating to the environment.
The authors review issues associated with a range of environmental policy concerns, including energy considerations, renewable and non renewable resource management, pollution control, wilderness management, and urban and regional policy. The history of these issues, recent actions pertaining to their management, difficulties associated with their continued presence, and the consequences of a failure to address these concerns are explored. Though focused on specific political issues, Mangun and Henning direct their attention to two large-scale trends--globalization and the political polarization of the environmental movement. At the level of the decision-making process, the incorporation of values--specifically addressed from multicultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives--is also discussed. International in scope, the book provides descriptions of the roles of both governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the formulations and implementation of national and global environmental policy.
This thoroughly revised second edition discusses various successes in the arenas of environmental cooperation and management strategy while pointing to the new challenges that have emerged in the last decade.

Author Notes

William R. Mangun is Professor of Political Science at East Carolina University.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Mangun (East Carolina Univ., North Carolina) and Henning (Montana State Univ., Billings) offer a new edition (1st ed., 1989) that updates the earlier work with topical discussions of issues and trends that emerged in the 1990s. They focus on natural resource policy in a "decision-making" context, addressing the duties, values, and goals of the agencies and stakeholders that contribute to natural resource management. Although they characterize resource management decisions as multidisciplinary, the locus of the text is on the political institutions and laws that have shaped US policy since the conservationist movement emerged in the early 1900s; little time is spent discussing the economic theory or technical aspects of natural resource management. After several background chapters that present the inherent values that shape natural resource policy, there are separate chapters on energy, renewable resources, nonrenewable resources, wilderness management, and pollution control. The final two chapters weave the theme of cooperative decision making throughout their discussion of environmental management at the regional and international level. Educators in the public policy and management field will find this book a useful introduction for students of US natural resource policy. Undergraduates; professionals. J. J. Winebrake; James Madison University

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Forces Shaping Environmental & Natural Resource Administration
Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Administration in a Decisionmaking Context
Energy Considerations in Environmental Policy
Renewable Resource Management
Nonrenewable Resource Management
Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Management
Environmental Pollution Control
Urban and Regional Environmental Policy
International Environmental Administration
About the Authors