Introduction to Environmental Policy Comprehensive Exam
Throughout the weeks of study
in this class you have been introduced to a variety of ways of thinking about
environmental policy. In the early chapters you
studied Steven Cohen’s Framework for Environmental
Policy (see below) and evaluated that framework against the issues
associated with the Rosemont Copper Mine.
You were also introduced to the Framework for Ethical Decision Making from Santa Clara University which emphaxized a common sense approah of recognizing when an ethical issue was at hand, followed by gathering pertinent information, evaluating alternative responses, making a decision and testing outcomes and reflecting upon those outcomes.
In Session 3 you were introdued to Florence Morestin's Framework for Anaylzing Public Policy followed by Ostrom's Rational Choice Model (See the three tables to follow).
In Session 5 you were introduced to the Multiple Streams Approach.
In Session 6 you studied Schneider and Ingram's Target Population Model.
In summary, over this semester, these are the policy analysis models you have employed to look at a number of case studies. Your comprehensive exam follows on that pattern and asks you to consider a final case study. However, this time you will need to do a bit of research and explain specifically how each of the analytic models presented in this class could be applied to the problem of water toxicity from Lake Okeechobee.
Okeechobee Water Pollution Exam
First read these reports and
assessments regarding water quality issues associated with Lke
Facts About The Impacts From Lake Okeechobee Flows And The Need To Buy EAA Lands To Divert Flow South
Evidence Of Sewage-Driven Eutrophication And Harmful Algal Blooms In
Florida's Indian River Lagoon
Okeechobee Pollution Crisis And The St. Lucie River
Reducing Harmful Lake Okeechobee Discharges and Everglades Restoration
It’s Time to
Set the Record Straight on the Lake Okeechobee Discharge
Then watch the following
Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee
Our Continual Harming Of The Everglades
River Film: Pollution in the St.Lucie
Now answer the following exam
questions on a separate piece of paper in which you first write down the
question – immediately followed by your answer. All answers must be cited and
referenced in APA style:
talks about public policy in terms of value issues. Describe how Cohen’s analytical
framework applies to the issues of water pollution associated with the
management and ecological functioning of today’s Lake Okeechobee.
- Apply the Framework for
Ethical Decision Making from the Markkula Center
for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University to the problem of Okeechobee water
- Thereafter apply
Florence Morestin’s Framework for Analyzing Public
Policy to the Okeechobee water
- Compare and contrast the Morestin and Markkula
Center Frameworks as they relate to the Okeechobee water pollution problem.
does Morestin’s Dimensions and Criteria for analyzing
public policy apply to the Okeechobee water pollution issue?
might Ostrom’s rational choice model be fruitfully
applied to the Okeechobee problem.
- Ostrom asserts that: "Information search is costly, and the
information-processing capabilities of human beings are limited. Individuals,
therefore, often must make choices based on incomplete knowledge of all
possible alternatives and their likely outcome.” How does this insight applay to the issue of water pollution in and around Lake
- In the Multiple Stream Approach Zhariadis's asserts that policy options are built around 5 structural
elements: problems, policies, politics, policy windows, and policy
entrepreneurs. Specify how each of these structural elements apply to the water
quality issues in and around Lake Okeechobee
- Describe Schneider and Ingram’s
Target Population Model as well as their social construction and policy design
- Now, after having completed all of the other assigned
questions for this comprehensive exam tell me which policy analytic model you
like best and explain why this particular approach is best suited for analyzing
the problem of Okeechobee water pollution.