The Politics of Garbage

A Community Perspective on Solid Waste Policy Making

A range of theories, models, and histories provide multiple frameworks for appreciating actual policy events. The strategy of playing off such frameworks against the vivid texture of the case material works quite well in illuminating policy tensions and their antecedents, be they cultural, geographic, institutional, or systemic. . . . a richly descriptive account of a solid waste policy episode and, as such, a serious and important contribution to the public policy literature.
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Increased enviromental awareness, more demands on local governments, a newly invigorated citizen activism, and a decaying and overburdened infrastructure have made taking care of our garbage one of the major policy making challenges facing local communities. Luton uses the case study of Spokane WA to analyze the public administration and socio-political context of solid waste policy making. Luton’s thorough exploration of Spokane’s experience as opens a window onto contemporary issues of solid waste management as well as the complex social and political environment in which public administrators must operate. His integration of systems theory in the analysis adds to the book’s value as a teaching tool for courses on policy making, urban planning, public administration, and the environment. He examines the complex combination of ecological, political, social and relational dynamics that affect such policies, providing insight into inter-governmental public policy making.

272 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

December, 1996

isbn : 9780822956051

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Larry S. Luton

Larry S. Luton is professor and program director of the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Eastern Washington University.

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