Citizens, Political Communication, and Interest Groups: Environmental Organizations in Canada and the United States

Synopsis

This volume investigates the "technical information quandary" created by post-industrial changes, which have produced demands for citizen involvement in public policy processes while complex scientific and technical issues increasingly make public involvement difficult. The authors address the degree to which interest groups serve to bridge the knowledge gap between public policy processes and the citizenry in U.S. and Canadian settings, with a focus on acid rain policy in Michigan and Ontario.