Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850-1920 Donald J. Pisani

ISBN: 9780700611119

Published: October 18th 1996

Paperback

288 pages


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Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850-1920  by  Donald J. Pisani

Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850-1920 by Donald J. Pisani
October 18th 1996 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780700611119 | 7.54 Mb

This volume features the best and most influential essays by Donald Pisani, one of our nations leading environmental and western historians. Collectively, the essays highlight the central role played by land, water, and timber allocation in the American West and show how efforts to achieve justice and efficiency were compromised by the regions obsession with achieving rapid economic growth.Pisanis work underscores the importance of natural resources to the American vision of opportunity and social progress, as well as the limits of federal influence in resolving the complex tensions between national and local control, between government regulation and laissez-faire capitalism, between democratic and corporate power, and between development and conservation.His work reminds us that westerners, ever wary of any form of centralized planning, have been far more supportive of the marketplace than government direction, and he demonstrates just how difficult it is to alter natural resource policies to keep pace with changing times and values.

For those already familiar with Pisani or those coming to him for the first time, this is an invaluable volume.



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