Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State, Second Edition

Edited by Robert Paehlke and Douglas Torgerson

© 2005

Bureaucracies, including large corporations and governmental agencies, are based on hierarchy and prone to secrecy. They encourage highly specialized forms of knowledge and structure themselves in compartmentalized ways. In stark contrast, environmental problems cut across all artificial divisions and boundaries.

Managing Leviathan illustrates the nature of environmental problems from genetically modified crops to climate change, from urban sprawl to toxic chemicals to trace pharmaceuticals in our water supply. Understanding these problems, and how they might be resolved, requires that we transcend the divisions of government, economy, and knowledge. Solutions often also require the mobilization of citizen knowledge and values. Are governments and bureaucracies up to the complex task? How might they adapt to be better suited to meet the new environmental challenges that continuously arise?

This extensively revised edition of Managing Leviathan expands from a North American to a global perspective and includes new articles on both European and Australian experiences as well as on transnational environmental issues. The overall pattern is remarkably clear: environmental administration demands integrative thinking and new forms of direct public involvement in governance.

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"Anyone wishing to explore the cutting edge of environmental policy and management will find this book an invaluable tool." - The Honourable David Anderson, Minister of Environment, Government of Canada, 1999-2004

Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State, Second Edition

Edited by Robert Paehlke and Douglas Torgerson

© 2005

Bureaucracies, including large corporations and governmental agencies, are based on hierarchy and prone to secrecy. They encourage highly specialized forms of knowledge and structure themselves in compartmentalized ways. In stark contrast, environmental problems cut across all artificial divisions and boundaries.

Managing Leviathan illustrates the nature of environmental problems from genetically modified crops to climate change, from urban sprawl to toxic chemicals to trace pharmaceuticals in our water supply. Understanding these problems, and how they might be resolved, requires that we transcend the divisions of government, economy, and knowledge. Solutions often also require the mobilization of citizen knowledge and values. Are governments and bureaucracies up to the complex task? How might they adapt to be better suited to meet the new environmental challenges that continuously arise?

This extensively revised edition of Managing Leviathan expands from a North American to a global perspective and includes new articles on both European and Australian experiences as well as on transnational environmental issues. The overall pattern is remarkably clear: environmental administration demands integrative thinking and new forms of direct public involvement in governance.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    This collection of writing goes to the heart of the fundamental structural challenge in environmental policy and management in modern developed societies. Anyone wishing to explore the cutting edge of environmental policy and management will find this book an invaluable tool.


    The Honourable David Anderson, PC, Member of Parliament for Victoria, Minister of Environment, Government of Canada, 1999-2004

    My well-thumbed first edition of Managing Leviathan has been an invaluable teaching and research aide. Its pages contain several of the wisest of insights into the complex links between structures of government and environment regarding policy and regulatory outcomes. Now my reliable old friend has been superseded by an updated version, one that retains all the strengths of the parent, whilst adding new contributions that are as important as they are timely. The new edition will be welcomed by all those who share my belief that, in the vexed times in which we live, there is a pressing need to overcome government's structural bias against environmental imperatives. Managing Leviathan points to ways through this long-standing impasse. It deals—brilliantly—with subjects of surpassing importance. For those in search of planetary solutions, this book is essential reading.


    Peter Hay, University of Tasmania, Australia

    This classic of environmental social and political theory has been thoroughly reworked to take Leviathan out of North America and put it into the world. On this broad canvas the argument that greater public involvement and integrated governance are the foundations of more effective and more legitimate environmental policy seem utterly convincing. I hope that politicians as well as academics read this book.


    Andrew Dobson, author of Green Political Thought, The Open University, UK
  • Author Information

    Robert Paehlke is Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University. He has previously authored Environmentalism and the Future of Progressive Politics (Yale University Press, 1989 and 1991) and Democracy's Dilemma: Environment, Social Equity and the Global Economy (MIT Press, 2003 and 2004).



    Douglas Torgerson is Professor and Director, Centre for Theory, Culture and Politics, at Trent University. He is the author of The Promise of Green Politics: Environmentalism and the Public Sphere (Duke University Press, 1999) and past editor of the journal Policy Sciences.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Notes on Contributors
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the First Edition

    Part I: The Environment as an Administrative Problem

    1. Environmental Administration: Revising the Agenda of Inquiry and Practice 
    Douglas Torgerson and Robert Paehlke
    2. Obsolescent Leviathan: Problems of Order in Administrative Thought
    Douglas Torgerson
    3. Democracy and Environmentalism: Opening a Door to the Administrative State? 
    Robert Paehlke

    Part II: Techniques and Processes of Environmental Administration

    4. Ecological Reason in Administration: Environmental Impact Assessment and Green Politics 
    Robert V. Bartlett
    5. Environmental Regulation and Risk-Benefit Analysis: From Technical to Deliberative Policy Making 
    Frank Fischer
    6. Designs for Environmental Discourse Revisited: A Greener Administrative State? 
    John S. Dryzek
    7. The Ambivalence of Discourse: Beyond the Administrative Mind? 
    Douglas Torgerson

    Part III: The Politics of Environmental Administration

    8. Class, Place, and Citizenship: The Changing Dynamics of Environmental Protection 
    Ted Schrecker
    9. We Just Don't Know: Lessons about Complexity and Uncertainty in Canadian Environmental Politics
    Robert Gibson
    10. Environmental Politics and Policy Professionalism: Agenda-Setting, Problem Definition, and Epistemology
    Douglas Torgerson
    11. Depoliticizing Environmental Politics: Sustainable Development in Norway 
    Ingerid S. Straume
    12. Democratic Deliberation and Environmental Policy: Opportunities and Barriers in Britain 
    Graham Smith
    13. Outside the State: Australian Green Politics and the Public Inquiry into Uranium 
    Timothy Doyle
    14. Participation and Agency: Hybrid Identities in the European Quest for Sustainable Development
    Andrew Jamison
    15. Responses to Environmental Threats in an Age of Globalization 
    Jennifer Clapp
    16. Green Governance and the Green State: Capacity Building as a Political Project
    Peter Christoff

    Conclusion

    17. Environmental Politics and the Administrative State
    Robert Paehlke and Douglas Torgerson

    Index

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