Urban growth and the politics of air pollution: The establishment of California's automobile emission standards

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The state of California has been the nation's leader in the formulation of automobile emission standards. Given that California is at the center of policymaking in the U.S. with regard to automobile emission standards, this study analyzes the factors that have historically shaped the formulation of California's standards. Policy analysts in this area, to explain the development of the state's pollution abatement policies, largely concentrate on the role of public officials, scientists, policy specialists, and interest group competition. The author of this study, however, centers his analysis on economic elites. He specifically holds that central to the effort to regulate automobile emissions in California are business elites whose economic interests lie in rising property values and an expanding local consumer base. These locally oriented elites are at the core of what Harvey Molotch refers to as a "growth coalition.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-236
Number of pages24
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


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  • Sociology and Political Science

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