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Water Pollution Policies and the American States
Runaway Bureaucracies or Congressional Control?
Water Pollution Policies and the American States
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John A. Hoornbeek - Author
Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 345 pages
Release Date: May 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3541-X
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3541-1

Price: $28.95 
Paperback - 345 pages
Release Date: January 2012
ISBN10: 1-4384-3542-8
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3542-8

Price: $28.95 
Electronic - 345 pages
Release Date: January 2012
ISBN10: 1-4384-3543-6
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3543-5

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A fresh perspective on American water pollution policy.

In this incisive volume, John A. Hoornbeek provides a comprehensive treatment of American water pollution policy, including its history and implementation, as well as ideas for policy reform. Focusing on Congress’s statutory directions in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act since 1948 and state compliance, he throws into relief the complex and often troubled relationship between the laws enacted by Congress and the public policies produced by state governments that implement them. Compliance at the state level can be affected and sometimes disturbed by national policymaking processes, state politics, and the effects of federal oversight practices. As convincingly demonstrated in these pages, American water pollution policy reflects neither runaway bureaucracies nor congressional control, but rather a complex intergovernmental process that is structured around Congress’s statutory directions.

John A. Hoornbeek is Associate Professor of Policy and Management in the College of Public Health at Kent State University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Public Administration and Public Policy.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Acronyms

PART I. Introduction

1. Lawmaking and Water Pollution Policy: Can Congress Clean the Water?

2. Water Pollution in the United States

PART II. Runaway Bureaucracies? A Historical Analysis

3. A Historical Overview

4. The Era of Supportive Federalism, 1948–1971

5. The Era of Directive Federalism, 1972–1986

6. The Era of Experimental Federalism, 1987–Present

7. Congressional Direction and Policy Implementation: A Summary Analysis

PART III. Congressional Control?: Contemporary Water Pollution Policies and State Programs

8. Congress’s Will and Clean Water: The Design of Federal Law on the Protection of Surface Waters

9. State Non-Point Source Water Pollution Programs

10. State Point Source Permitting Programs

11. The Stringency of State Water Pollution Permits

PART IV. Summary and Conclusions

12. Findings and Implications: A Summary Analysis

13. Federal Water Pollution Policy: Where to Go from Here?

Appendix A Results of Probabilistic Surveys of American Water Resources, by Water Body Type, Released by USEPA as of September 2010
Appendix B Major State Non-Point Source Water Pollution Expenditures
Appendix C Strength of State Enforceable Authorities for Non-Point Source Water Pollution Control
Appendix D Point Source Water Pollution Data Sources and Coding
Appendix E Summary Explanation of Independent Variables


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