Environmental Politics and Policy in Industrialized Countries

From American and Comparative Environmental Policy

Environmental Politics and Policy in Industrialized Countries

Edited by Uday Desai





The world's industrialized nations are the major consumers of the Earth's resources and major sources of environmental pollution. Environmental protection plays an important role in the politics of most of these nations. Although a large and growing body of literature exists on environmental problems and policies in the developed world, most of it focuses on government policy in individual nations. A smaller body of literature compares specific environmental policies in two or more nations. Taking a broader approach, this book examines the environmental policy process in seven major industrialized nations: Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each chapter discusses one country's major environmental problems and determinants of its environmental politics and policy. It also analyzes the interplay between politics and policy and offers suggesions for developing effective policy.

The book analyzes the role of institutions, interests, and values in shaping policies in each of the seven countries. An institutional perspective provides a common framework, focusing on three kinds of institutions: business and industry; federal and provincial governments; and international organizations. The final chapter offers hypotheses concerning institutions and environmental policy as a basis for further research.


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Uday Desai

Uday Desai is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the editor of Policy Studies Journal.


  • A sophisticated, comprehensive, and informative analysis of the role of business in shaping American environmental policy. This collection of essays makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex political, legal, and institutional dynamics that underlie the making and implementation of environmental regulation, as well as the political role and influence of business in American politics.

    David Vogel

    Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

  • This is the first really useful book for teaching comparative environmental politics. The country studies are comprehenisve and well-written, and Desai reaches facinating comparative conclusions. I recommend it highly.

    Norman Vig

    Bean Professor of Science,Technology and Society, Carelton College

  • A timely overview of contemporary environmental developments in seven major industrial economies. This book provides an excellent introduction to the comparative study of environmental policy.

    David Vogel

    Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. Please note: Slight change in endorser's affiliation