Enforcing the Law: The Case of the Clean Water Acts (Google eBook)
This is the most comprehensive analysis yet available of EPA enforcement of the Clean Water Act and its amendments. The book uses extensive EPA data, including a survey of EPA and state-level environmental officials, to examine enforcement from the perspective of the enforcement personnel. Emphasis is on what is done, how it is done, and why. By combining detailed documentation of regulatory implementation with surveys of the views of federal and state officials, industry representatives, and environmental activists, this study illuminates a process of pragmatic enforcement--that is, the way bureaucrats actually do their jobs.
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The Institutional Setting
Bureaucrats and Attitudes The Seeds of Discretion
Bureaucratic Discretion and Hierarchical Political Control
Enforcement at the State Level Primacy and State Organizational Structures
Explaining Variations in NPDES Enforcement