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Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies


The terms environment and regulation are commonplace in political and policy debates about the natural environment, the role of science, and the behavior of government. Indeed, these terms reference a very contentious area of public policy and are emblematic of the growing tensions between science and politics. This chapter overviews the definition, types, and history of environmental regulation before turning to the intersection of science and politics in environmental policy and considering current and future challenges for this aspect of governmental activity.

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Chapter is included in repository with the permission of the publisher and must be attributed properly. Citation:

  • Pautz, Michelle C. "Environmental Regulation," in Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies, ed. Brent S. Steel (New York: CQ Press, 2014), 180-185.

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CQ Press

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Los Angeles, CA

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