Peter J. Balint

Peter J. Balint is associate professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He teaches courses on environmental policy and politics and on research methods and data analysis. Hisresearch addresses various aspects of environmental policy, including community-based conservation, the management of so-called wicked environmental problems, and the bureaucratic lifecycles of environmental agencies.
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Wicked Environmental Problems

Managing Uncertainty and Conflict

Island Press

This new book examines past experience and future directions in the management of so-called "wicked" environmental problems-those characterized by large-scale, long-term policy dilemmas and contentious political stalemates. Most important, the book reviews current thinking on the way forward, focusing on the implementation of "learning networks," in which public managers, technical experts, and public stakeholders collaborate in decision-making processes that are analytic, iterative, and deliberative.

Wicked Environmental Problems offers new approaches for managing environmental conflicts and shows how managers could apply these approaches within common, real-world statutory decision-making frameworks. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with managing environmental problems. 

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