The Garland Series, “Politics and Policy in American Institutions” strives to show the interaction of American political institutions within the context of public policymaking. A public policy approach often by definition is all-encompassing. Admittedly, my own interests focus on national policymaking, but the series will also include works on all levels of government. Indeed, I do not want my own specialties to define the series. Therefore, we seek solid scholarship incorporating a wide range of actors, including those outside the usual definition of government actors. The policy concerns, too, are potentially quite broad, with special interests in the policy process and such substantive issue areas as foreign and defense policy, economic and budget policy, health care, social welfare, racial politics, and the environment. The series will publish a considerable range of works, from upper division texts to scholarly monographs, including both hard and soft cover editions.
In this unique sixth volume in the series, Kelly Tzoumis’ book fits exactly the series theme of the role of American institutions in public policymaking. Like Hays’ Who Speaks for the Poor? she incorporates congressional hearings data. This is a fascinating study of environmental policymaking in Congress over its more than 200 year history. It effectively incorporates three models of issue definition each of which reflect three different natural resources (wetlands, great lakes, and wildlife) policies. Tzoumis provides a nice comparison of these three