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.
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.
The frustrating politics required to meet increasing demands for solid waste disposal are on display in The Politics of Garbage. . . . Anthony Down's political life cycles and the characteristics of Robert Waste's city ecology model are given special attention as dynamic theoretical elements. . . . [adding] to the value of this book as a text for undergraduate or graduate environmental policy courses.
"The Politics of Garbage represents a significant contribution to public policy theory. . . . This book will be of value in public administration and environmental policy classrooms and to practitioners in the field."
Anyone seriously interested in environmental policy must read this book. Anyone who teaches environmental policy must include it in their courses.