Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy
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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.
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Chapter 6: American courts and U.S. environmental policy

Andrew Osorio and Rosemary O’Leary


American courts are a major institutional player in the field of domestic environmental policy. Through judicial review, courts set standards in environmental law and exercise oversight of the federal agencies responsible for establishing and implementing environmental regulations. This entry begins by providing an introductory summary of the American court system with particular attention to environmental law and judicial oversight of agency actions. Next, several observations concerning the current impact of courts on environmental policy are synthesized from recent legal literature. Finally, concluding remarks are offered regarding the future of American courts and U.S. environmental policy.

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