Risk, Systems and Decisions

Environmental Public Policy Making Exposed

A Guide for Decision Makers and Interested Citizens

Authors: Stahl, Cynthia H., Cimorelli, Alan J.

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  • This book is written for anyone who wants to decipher the decision making process and had previously felt left out by the complex mathematics of game theory and decision analysis
  • Brilliantly using what was always before us, the authors organize decision problems into the Requisite Steps and use uncertainty to guide lay and expert readers through an innovative approach to public policy making, the inclusive, transparent, and learning-based open solution approach
  • Written in plain language, readers will learn how to participate more effectively in public policy discourse as well as gain insights into commonly utilized indices such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Newsweek Green Ranking for their personal decision making
  • Today more than ever, citizens and policy practitioners need this guidebook to be more engaged and effective in public policy making decisions by learning how to separate facts from opinions, understand the impact of uncertainties, and for evaluating multiple policy solutions
  • Not satisfied with simply critiquing current public policy and decision making practices and tools, the authors offer a practical and feasible open solution approach with the Multi-criteria Integrated Resource Assessment (MIRA) methodology
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About this book

This book exposes the barriers to inclusive and effective public policy making, which are the current decision making paradigm and commonly held ideas that reduce public policy problems to scientific and technical ones. Through both environmental policy and other decision making examples, readers are shown the commonalities of all decision making. Solution-oriented practitioners and stakeholders will find this book filling a conceptual and methodological gap in existing policy literature and practice. The authors deftly guide readers from post-normal science, wicked problems, and uncertainty concepts to a conceptually-grounded, practical implementation of a new approach, the open solution approach. 

The Multi-criteria Integrated Resource Assessment (MIRA) is described as the first generation methodology that fulfills the expectations for the inclusive, transparent, and learning-based open solutions approach. MIRA is a holistic package of concepts, methods and analytical tools that is designed to assess Decision Uncertainty, the combined uncertainties that include data, problem formulation, expert judgments, and stakeholder opinions. Introduction of the Requisite Steps, the common steps found in all decision making, provides the yardstick for evaluating a variety of decision making processes, decision tools, and commonly found indices such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Newsweek Green Ranking of corporations. 

The use of anecdotes, policy stories, and case examples makes this a very readable and practical book for citizens and experts. With this book, readers are prepared to critically evaluate these common indices for their personal use as well as challenge policy processes as a stakeholder. For policy practitioners, this guidebook will become a rubric to ensure an effective public policy making process and to critically evaluate decision support tools.


About the authors

Dr. Stahl is currently a senior environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, specializing in environmental policy development and decision analysis. Her expertise includes air quality programs, integrated health and ecological analyses (including stakeholder participation), the construction and use of indicators in integrated analyses (including cumulative impact analysis), uncertainty in decision making, and making sustainability operable through good decision analytic principles. With A. Cimorelli, she is a co-developer of the Multi-criteria Integrated Resources Assessment (MIRA) open solution approach.

Mr. Cimorelli is currently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is an internationally recognized expert in near-field atmospheric dispersion modeling.  During his 41 years of professional experience he served as a senior physical scientist and regional meteorologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with responsibilities that included, research and development in atmospheric dispersion modeling and other related analysis techniques.  Mr. Cimorelli is one of the principal developers of the AERMOD modeling system. His expertise also included the development of Agency guidance related to all aspect of air dispersion modeling, as well as the review and conduct of regulatory air modeling studies and air risk assessments.  Additional he has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in advanced air quality modeling, environmental law and environmental engineering at both Drexel and Temple Universities. With Dr. Stahl, he is a co-developer of the Multi-criteria Integrated Resources Assessment (MIRA) open solution approach.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-32129-1
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Softcover 83,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental Public Policy Making Exposed
Book Subtitle
A Guide for Decision Makers and Interested Citizens
Authors
Series Title
Risk, Systems and Decisions
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32130-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32130-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32129-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-32132-1
Series ISSN
2626-6717
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 203
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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