The politics of air pollution: Urban growth, ecological modernization, and symbolic inclusion

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Abstract

Who has been at the political forefront of clean air policy development in the United States? In The Politics of Air Pollution, George A. Gonzalez argues that the answer is neither the federal government, nor environmental groups, but rather locally oriented economic elites in conjunction with state and local governments. These local growth coalitions, composed of mostly large landholders, land developers, and the owners of regional media and utility firms, support clean air policies insofar as they contribute to the creation of a positive investment climate and, in turn, bring about greater profits through increased land values and an expanded local consumer base.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolitics of Air Pollution, The
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Growth, Ecological Modernization, and Symbolic Inclusion
PublisherState University of New York Press
Pages1-144
Number of pages144
ISBN (Print)0791463354, 9780791463352
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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    Gonzalez, G. A. (2005). The politics of air pollution: Urban growth, ecological modernization, and symbolic inclusion. In Politics of Air Pollution, The: Urban Growth, Ecological Modernization, and Symbolic Inclusion (pp. 1-144). State University of New York Press.