The relationship between federalism and air quality in the Atlanta region
Tensions between Constitutional reserved and delegated powers limit the reach of federal and state air quality regulation. To study the Atlanta case, dynamic system analysis is combined with elements of traditional political science theories to produce a theoretical model to address relevant factors associated with growth and chronic air quality degradation in the Atlanta region. The dueling federalism model suggests that in the high growth Atlanta case, air quality degradation can be treated as a normal accident or system level failure. This results in a dynamic stalemate sustained by dueling federalism likely to maintain or worsen air quality. Potential solutions require understanding the interaction of the various dynamic processes which produce air pollution, outmaneuvering the dysfunctional aspects of federalism, and developing policies which will can reconcile air quality and economic growth and development.
0768: Environmental science