Taking the Air
248 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
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Release Date:01 Jul 2008
ISBN:9780774813303
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Release Date:09 Oct 2007
ISBN:9780774813297
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Release Date:01 Jul 2008
ISBN:9780774855709
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Taking the Air

Ideas and Change in Canada's National Parks

UBC Press

Natural resource management is a major area of Canadian policy, as recent literature reveals. Yet analysts have devoted little attention to the management of parks and protected areas. In Taking the Air, Paul Kopas takes a comprehensive approach to this aspect of policy debate. He scrutinizes the policy-making process for national parks since the mid-1950s and interrogates the rationale and policies that have governed their administration.

Kopas argues that national parks and park policy reflect not only environmental concerns but also the political and social attitudes of bureaucrats, citizens, interest groups, Aboriginal peoples, and legal authorities. He explores how the goals of each group have been shaped by the historical context of park policy, influencing the shape and weight of their contributions.

In the context of Canadian nation-building and environmental policy, this book will be useful to policy analysts, planners, academics, and students in fields ranging from environmental studies to tourism and recreation. It will also interest general readers concerned with Canada’s parks and environment.

This well-written account of the origins and administration of our national parks begins with a challenging assertion that ‘national parks are about meaning’ and goes on to analyse what this meaning might be. […] Forest professionals will find most interest in the chapters detailing the growth and impact of public participation in management decisions during the 1970s and 1980s. Roy Strang, BC Forest Professional, Vol.15, Issue 6, November-December 2008
This book scrutinizes the policy-making process for national parks since the mid-1950s and integrates the rationale and policies that have governed park administration. … In the context of Canadian nation-building and environmental policy, this book will be useful to policy analysts, planners, academics, and students in fields ranging from environmental studies to tourism and recreation. It will also interest general readers concerned with Canada’s parks and the environment. APADE, 2007
An important contribution to our understanding of national park policy in Canada. Rick Rollins, co-editor of Parks and Protected Areas in Canada: Planning and Management
This book is particularly important in light of growing public interest in the environment. Biodiversity issues occupy a significant place in current policy debates. Many of Canada’s national parks and our diverse formally protected areas face mounting pressures. Paul Kopas tells us why, and skilfully addresses the critical conservation issues in a historical context. Robert Boardman, co-editor of Canadian Environmental Policy
Paul Kopas teaches political science at the University of British Columbia.

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: The Meaning of National Parks and the Contexts of Change

Background to the Postwar Era: A Brief History of Canada’s National Parks

National Parks and the Era of State Initiative, 1955-70

National Parks and Public Participation, 1970-79

National Parks and the Initiatives of Organized Interests, 1984-93

Repossession by the State: National Parks and "Reinvented" Government

National Parks and the Giving of Meaning

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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