Abstract/Details

Federalism and natural resource policy: Comparing state and national management of public forests


1997 1997

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

The question of different jurisdictions for various government responsibilities is a fundamental issue in American politics and policy. This research compares national and state policy in the context of public forest management. It examines policy processes and outcomes, to address the following questions: To what extent do state and national public forest policy processes differ? What effects do these differences have on policy outcomes? Data come from two matched forest pairs in each of two different regions of the United States, a total of four pairs (eight forests). Forests in each pair are chosen on the basis of similar physical characteristics but different governmental jurisdictions (state versus national). For each of the eight forests, data gathering and analysis involve several techniques, including interviews, questionnaires, observations, and analyses of written documents. Policy process analysis is undertaken within the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, which focuses the researcher's attention on the interaction of actors in action situations pertaining to forest management decisions and activities. Results indicate important differences between state and national policy processes and outcomes. National policy makers face greater statutory, regulatory, and planning constraints affecting their activities than do state policy makers. These constraints require more public input and higher levels of environmental protection. Outcomes reflect these differences. State officials provide more timber, at higher net profit, than do national officials, and they transfer more revenue to local governments. Concurrently, national officials undertake greater efforts to provide non-timber environmental benefits than do state officials.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Political science;
Public administration;
Forestry
Classification
0615: Political science
0617: Public administration
0478: Forestry
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Biological sciences, United States Forest Service
Title
Federalism and natural resource policy: Comparing state and national management of public forests
Author
Koontz, Tomas M.
Number of pages
363
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 58/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591553468, 0591553465
Advisor
Ostrom, Elinor
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9805354
ProQuest document ID
304375240
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304375240
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.