Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1995 - Music - 373 pages
One of the leading experts on public lands and land rights issues, Robert H. Nelson here brings together a collection of his finest essays. Nelson demonstrates that the 'progressive' goal of achieving scientific management of public lands has not been realized; instead, public land management has been dominated by interest group politics and ideology.
 

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Contents

Ineffective Laws and Unexpected Consequences A Brief Review of Public Land History
3
The Failed Promise of Scientific Management
37
Introduction
39
Mythology Instead of Analysis The Story of National Forest Management
41
Uneconomic Analysis Scientific Management on the Public Rangelands
89
The Illusion of Planning The Origins of the BLM and Forest Service Land Use Planning Systems
119
The New Range Wars
145
Introduction
147
Decentralizing the National Forests
245
Options for Change
253
Introduction
255
Some Economics of Public Rangelands
257
A New Mission for RPA Improving Market Mechanisms on Public and Private Forests
273
Onethird of the Nations Coal Planning a Market for Federal Coal Leasing
285
Four Good Places to Decentralize and Privatize
301
How to Dismantle the Interior Department
317

NRDC v Morton Judicial Policy Making in Public Rangeland Management
149
The Schizophrenic West Why the Sagebrush Rebellion Died
165
Selling Other Peoples Property Why the Privatization Movement Failed
181
Rethinking the Public Lands
199
Introduction
201
Making Sense of the Sagebrush Rebellion A LongTerm Strategy for the Public Lands
203
From Progressivism to Interestgroup Liberalism The Crisis of Public Land Authority
225
Private Rights to Public Lands
327
Introduction
329
Private Rights to Government Actions How Modern Property Rights Evolve
331
Index
363
About the Author
373
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About the author (1995)

Robert H. Nelson is professor of environmental policy in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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