Title: Environmental Politics: US and International (790:350:01)
Instructor: Tim Knievel
Instructor’s e-mail: tmkpolisci@gmail.com
Days, Times, Locations: TF 10:55-12:15 CDL-109 DC
Office Hours: TBD
Synopsis: The challenge of preserving and protecting the global commons 
has become an issue of increasing concern for scholars and policymakers alike.
The questions are numerous and difficult: How do different states view
environmental issues? How can states balance their competing ecological and
economic interests? How can the Global North best engage Southern countries
that are aggressively pursuing industrial economic development? Is it possible
to develop an equitable and effective international regime to confront the
dangers posed by global climate change? What are the obstacles to effective
cooperation at the international level? What are the most effective policy
options available to states?
The objective of this course is to introduce you to the key questions and arguments at play in both domestic and international environmental politics. We will begin with an overview of the key policies and institutions of U.S. environmental policy-making. We will ask what roles the U.S. Congress, the president, the federal bureaucracy, the judiciary, the states and public advocacy play in the give-and-take of environmental policy-making. We will follow that with a discussion of what measures the U.S. is implementing (or not) to promote sustainability at home. Following that, we will close with a consideration of the recent Copenhagen Accord, and a discussion of prospects for passing climate change legislation in the United States.