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Misplaced Distrust: Policy Networks and the Environment in France, the United States, and Canada

Misplaced Distrust: Policy Networks and the Environment in France, the United States, and Canada (Paperback)

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Citizens of industrialized countries largely share a sense that

national and international governance is inadequate, believing not only

that public authorities are incapable of making the right policy

decisions, but also that the entire network of state and civil society

actors responsible for the discussion, negotiation, and implementation

of policy choices is untrustworthy.

Using agro-environmental policy development in France, the United

States, and Canada as case studies, Eric Montpetit sets out to

investigate the validity of this distrust through careful attention to

the performance of the relevant policy networks. He concludes that

distrust in policy networks is, for the most part, misplaced because

high levels of performance by policy networks are more common than many

political analysts and citizens expect. Opposing the tenets of state

retrenchment, his study reveals that providing participation in

governance to resourceful interest groups and strong government

bureaucracies is an essential component of sound environmental policies

for agriculture.

A timely and crucial contribution to the good governance debate,

this book should be required reading for policy makers and politicians,

as well as students and scholars of public policy, political science,

environmental studies, and government.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPublic administration Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 01/01/2004 ISBN-13: 9780774809092  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 01/01/2004.  

Eric Montpetit is with the Departement de science politique at the Universite de Montreal.

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