Share this
PREVIOUS ARTICLE ALL CONTENTS Next ARTICLE

Environmental Policy in North America: Approaches, Capacity, and the Management of Transboundary Issues, Robert G. Healy, Debora L. VanNijnatten and Marcela López-Vallejo

Reviewed by Christopher Mcgrory Klyza

BUY

 

“The general conclusion of this book can be summed up by saying that what we have now is not a functioning continental environmental management system, but many institutional building blocks and a reservoir of good will” (p. 184). This quotation offers a concise summary of this book, in which authors from three countries provide an introduction to the environmental policy architec­ture in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The authors provide an economic, institutional, and ecological sketch of each nation before providing more detail on the relevant components of their environmental policy agen­cies, laws, and regulations. Perhaps the central shared characteristic of the three countries is the lack of sufficient environmental capacity. For Canada and the United States, this is due to budget cuts and increasing partisanship over environmental issues, while in Mexico, it is due primarily to its compara­tive lack of fiscal resources.

Successful transboundary environmental governance, the authors ar­gue, is based on strong communication and networks, mutual understand­ing and learning, and shared resources. There are

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

Demetrios James Caraley

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

Editor’s spotlight

Primaries and Conventions

Will the Outcome be “Democratic”?: Delegate Selection and the 2020 Primaries
Marianna Palumbo and Robert Y. Shapiro

On To the Convention, Again
Caroline Monahan and Robert Y. Shapiro

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC

Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

New APS Book

Presidential Selection and Democracy   PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION AND DEMOCRACY

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

PANEL DISCUSSION
Money and Poltics

April 6, 2020

This event is part of the nearly yearlong Challenges and Opportunities in 2020 election series.  The series fosters interdisciplinary conversations exploring themes affecting the upcoming election and trust in our democratic institutions.

MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS