The Endangered Species Act: history, conservation biology, and public policy

9780801865046by Brian Czech and Paul R. Krausman

Shelfmark: CP/LE/030

Threats to USA’s Endangered Species Act have been highlighted in recent news articles in the American and British press:

“Donald Trump’s former adviser calls for overhaul of Endangered Species Act as environmentalists’ fears grow.” Click here for The Independent article

“Endangered animals are already cut off by a border wall. Trump wants it to be much bigger.” Click here for Washington Post article

“Trump may gut the Endangered Species Act.”  Click here for inhabitat article

Published in 2001 this book draws uncanny parallels with today’s political situation.

Blurb:

A history and critique of the USA’s Endangered Species Act (ESA). Outlining the controversies surrounding the ESA, Brian Czech and Paul R. Krausman incorporate the new model of policy design theory to frame a larger discussion about conservation biology and American democracy. They provide a historical background of endangered species policy that integrates natural history, socioeconomic trends, political movements, and professional developments. Outlining the controversies surrounding the ESA, they find a connection between challenges to species conservation and challenges to democracy. After an assessment of ESA analyses that have been performed from traditional perspectives, they engage policy design theory to review the structural logic of the ESA, analyzing each clause of the legislation for its application of the fundamental elements of democracy. To address the technical legitimacy of ESA, they propose two new genetic considerations – functional genome size and molecular clock speed – to supplement phylogenetic distinctiveness as criteria with which to prioritize species for conservation. Next, they systematically describe the socioeconomic context of ESA be assessing and classifying the causes of species endangerment.

Contents

Part 1: Setting the stage

The endangered : species, acts, and democracy
A history of endangered species in the United States
Statutory, administrative, and academic evolution of the Endangered Species Act
Traditional analyses of the Endangered Species Act

Part 2: A policy design analysis of the Endangered Species Act

Policy elements of the Endangered Species Act
Social construction of Endangered Species Act targets
Technical legitimacy of the Endangered Species Act
Context of the Endangered Species Act
Implications of the Endangered Species Act for democracy
Property rights and the Endangered Species Act

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