Review: Environmental Policy: A Casebook

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Review: Environmental Policy: A Casebook By Robert P. Watson, Dwight C. Kiel, and Stephen F. Robar (Eds.) Reviewed by Elery Hamilton-Smith Charles Sturt University, Australia Robert P. Watson, Dwight C. Kiel, & Stephen F. Robar (Eds.). Environmental Policy: A Casebook. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing. 2003. 171 pp. ISBN 1-5752-4233-8. US$27.50

This would be indeed a valuable work for those who like to teach by the book. It comprises twenty realistic but fictional case studies, each with questions for discussion and a role-play scenario. The themes covered are natural resources management, water, air quality, the urban environment, and waste management. The various authors have provided a competent although comparable (or is it stereotyped?) series of relatively familiar examples.

The treatment throughout is obviously focused upon what the individual might achieve through local action: nice demonstrations of the "Think Globally, Act Locally" strategy. There is little discussion of culturally-based differences in assumptions and values and the way in which cultural difference shapes competing hegemonies.

Having taught in this area at both undergraduate and staff development levels over many years, I must say that I would not use such a text. …