Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy
Show Less

Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Edited by David M. Konisky

A comprehensive analysis of diverse areas of scholarly research on U.S. environmental policy and politics, this Handbook looks at the key ideas, theoretical frameworks, empirical findings and methodological approaches to the topic. Leading environmental policy scholars emphasize areas of emerging research and opportunities for future enquiry.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 2: Power, partisanship, and contingency: the president and U.S. environmental policy

Christopher McGrory Klyza


This chapter employs historical institutionalism as an overarching theoretical framework to examine the changing nature and current tools of U.S. presidential policymaking in the environmental realm. The chapter is organized to provide: firstly, a theoretical framework, focusing on secular time and the policy state; secondly, a brief overview of presidential history, with a focus on Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt as the foremost policymakers before the rise of the environment as a major policy arena in the 1960s; thirdly, a discussion of changes in “secular time” that affected the president’s policymaking power, especially the rise of the administrative presidency and legislative gridlock; fourthly, an examination of the major presidential policymaking tools and their significance, especially executive orders and rulemaking; and finally, concluding thoughts, focusing on the increasing significance of presidential policymaking and its contingency in a time of gridlock.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.