2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CPOLS 3302 Environmental Politics and Policy

Environmental issues are complicated policy issues because they combine complicated natural science with value preferences. A wide range of social issues are affected by environmental rules and norms: jobs, economic growth, individual liberty, ideologies, the role of science in our lives, and the importance of community, to name a few. This is complicated enough within the domestic realm. Moving debates to the international realm complicates things further because of the increased diversity of values, histories, resources and needs. Resource scarcity erodes the fundamental senses of security many people take for granted.  The management, distribution and ownership of the world’s resources are likely to become important security issues in the 21st century.