Aug 31 The Policy Cycle 1) It is what distinguishes science from other fields of human knowledge 2) Model is an actual picture or structure of something and a theory is what someone thinks 3) Humans are intendedly rational, their behavior is strongly infl
Module 3 Schedule Amendment
Sept 16- Topic: Environmental Actors: State Level Goals: Discuss when/why states are sometimes able to better implement/create policy than the federal government. How does this ability relate to the tragedy of the commons? Do y
Module 4: Who/What Influences Policy?
Sept 30-Topic: Epistemic Communities Goals: Learn what an epistemic community is. What role can they play in shaping environmental policy? Reading: Mikael Sunstrm (2000). "A Brief Introduction: What is an Epistemic Co
Policy Tools- Overview
Points of Note
different names for policy tool groups categorizations area of study- oldest environmental policy tools are "command and control" instruments, with other tools a more recent phenomenon
My sons, Matthew and Andrew, are now of an age to study issues con cerning climate change in their own public school settings and are quick with critical comment on everything from televised commercials con cerning greenhouse gases to ways i
Response to the Tragedy of the Commons
Imagine that you are a government official sent out to govern a rural province. The province is an island with finite amounts of fresh water and a rapidly expanding population to feed. The government is concerned wit
Scientists in environmental policy
Uncertainty vs Knowledge
Precautionary Principle- "When human activities may lead to morally unacceptable harm that is scientifically plausible but uncertain, actions shall be taken to avoid or diminish that harm" (Beder
Public goods are goods which can't exclude parts of the population (whereas private markets can)
Benefits are supplied or at least subsidized by the state
"Public bads" are public goods where the small "host" population bears mos
Site Fights The Logic of Tool Choice
Prof. Kathryn Sikkink
The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics
Political leaders around the world have increasingly been put on trial for their human rights violations, and rulers
POL223 Reading Journal #10
Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera worked to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Ricos
Northeast Ecological Corridor to protect the islands natural heritage from harmful
development. This north coast area of Puerto
Pol 223 Paper Topic Proposal
Pick a specific environmental policy of your choice to analyze for your paper. The policy can be from any environmental area in any part of the world, so make it something that interests you. Briefly identify the policy and de
Pol 223 Late Policy In the interest of not having to tell each of you individually my policy on late work as it comes up, I'm going to give you my guidelines. For class assignments, I will accept them up through the next class period (so if an assignment
Pol 223 Extra Credit Opportunity
Attend one of the following two outside lectures and write the designated response for it. Reminder- you may only receive credit for 1 lecture (although you're certainly welcome to attend both). Option 1 Ed Begly- Live Sim
Pol 223 Assignment 3- Government Response to Protests
Japanese nuclear power plant siting is an interesting case for studying protests. Because of Japan's history with nuclear bombs (and the subsequent severe exposure to radiation), by all rights Japan sh
Pol 223 Assignment 2- What Role for Scientists?
Your reading for today focuses on the role scientists should play in determining environmental policy. Do scientists need to remain neutral in order to be credible, or is there a role for scientists as stron
NGOs and Corporations
What are NGOs?
"An independent, nonprofit organization not beholden to a government or a profit-making organization" (p.73)
Not always defined this way; the UN definition, for example, includes business organizations
What types of En
Module 7: International Environmental Policy
Nov 16- Topic: International Actors 1- States Goals: International law works differently than domestic (national) laws. See how states interact with each other and how domestic level issues affect their policy
Module 6: NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) and Siting Decisions
Nov 4- Topic: Environmental Justice Goals: What is the environmental justice movement, and what role can it play in siting decisions? From the Beder reading, you should understand the theories dri
Module 5: Policy Instruments
Oct 21- Topic: Types of Policy Tools- Overview Goals: Learn about the different types of policy instruments in a policy-maker's toolbox. Reading: Selection from Anne Schneider and Helen Ingram's 1990 Journal of Politics Articl
State Level Actors
What gives legal rights to the states?
Does federal law supersede state law?
Policies must be federal Environmental problems cross state
Collective action problems "Race to the bottom"
States and International Regimes
What is a Regime?
norms, rules, and decision making procedures around which actor expectations converge in a given issue-area" (Krasner)
A Note About International Law
law is fundamentally differ
A Brief Introduction: What is an Epistemic Community? (Mikael Sundstrm, 2000)
The Short version
Epistemic Communities is a way of trying to make sense of the fact that hard-to-grasp decisions may move actual, although not necessarily formal, power from
Political Science 223
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Instructor: Heather Cann
Review Sheet, Midterm 2
Part I: Multiple Choice (15 points) 5 Questions
Based on our in-class iClicker questions and class discussions, each worth 3 points.
POL223 midterm 2 review sheet
o Agenda setting: the process by which problems and alternative
solutions gain or lose public and elite attention
How issues do or dont get talked about
Less about the public, more about people in posi
POL223 midterm study guide
Third generation problem
o Global climate change
o Biodiversity loss
o Broader in scale
o Long-term scope
o High scientific uncertainty
o High upfront economic costs
o Climate change, global warmi
Political Science 223
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Instructor: Heather Cann
REVIEW SHEET, FINAL EXAM
Part I: Multiple Choice (15 points) 5 questions
Based on our iClicker questions and in-class discussions, each worth 3 points.
POL223 Policy Memo Part #1
Environmental justice began as a movement that dates back the first Earth
Day in 1970 (Bernier, p.2). It is considered to be an environmental revolution in the
United States and abroad b
To: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
From: Andrea Walsh, Policy Director, Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: March 1, 2016
Subject: Improving Environmental Justice to Reduce Toxins in Memphis, Tennessee
The President, Congress, and the Courts
Who are the players in the game?
How can the president influence policy outcome?
propose legislation and budgets
History of Environmental Policy in the U.S.
What is public policy?
whatever government choose to do or not to do.-Thomas Dye
Includes more than just laws and regulations:
1. Critically evaluate the IPAT equation. Does it present a comprehensive picture of the factors
that could increase or decrease our environmental impact? Are there important factors that
Yes, the IPAT equation presents a comprehensive pic
1.Compare and contrast how Muir and Pinchot talk about the value and optimal use of nature (be
sure to use specific quotes from their texts to support your argument).
John Muir believed that the wilderness should be preserved. He worried all national park
Describe a specific environmental problem and two potential policy options for
addressing the problem (do not use the status quo as one of the options).
*Note: Your answer to this question does not have to coincide with your final policy
memo. It also
1. Climate science are as highly uncertain and biased, opponents of climate change policies
highlighted the costs of adopting policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions.Opponents
attacked the approach embodied in the Kyoto Protocol, framing it as inequita
July 9, 1970, when President Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency
in 1961, President John F. Kennedy asserted the need for an effective national program to address
President Harry S. Truman hampe