Preserving Public Lands for the Future: The Politics of Intergenerational Goods

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Oktober 1998



Comparing national efforts to preserve public lands, William R. Lowry investigates how effectively and under what conditions governments can provide goods for future generations. Providing intergenerational goods, ranging from balanced budgets to space programs and natural environments, is particularly challenging because most political incentives reward short-term behavior. Lowry examines the effort of institutional structure on the public delivery of these goods. He offers a theoretical framework accounting for both the necessary conditions--public demand, political stability, and official commitment to long-term delivery--and constraining factors--the tensions between public agencies and politicians as well as between different levels of government--that determine the ability of a nation to achieve long-term goals.


William R. Lowry is associate professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis and author of The Dimensions of Federalism (Duke University Press, 1992) and The Capacity for Wonder (Brookings Institution Press, 1994).


"Provides both a new theoretical framework for understanding national public land policy and a detailed examination of the existing land policies of four nations Lowry's theoretical framework is innovative, and he considers several variables that are often overlooked." -- Perspectives on Political Science "Lowry's interweaving of anecdotal illustrations and well-chosen detail within the broader theoretical framework makes for a compelling argument... Recommended for all levels." -- Choice
EAN: 9780878407026
ISBN: 0878407022
Untertitel: 'American Governance and Public'. Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1998
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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