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Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
This thesis looks at the relationship between radical and incremental environmental policy at two spatial scales: city and national. The argument being, that there is a need for radical environmental policy at all scales of government and that incremental has been the standard for too long. The framework is built from three environmental ideas/theories, those being Science and Society, Environmental Policy, and Spatial Scales. Research was conducted on two situated places, Portland Oregon and the U.S. federal government. Policy analysis, including ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ law discourse and goal completion dates, were used as tools to analyze and compare Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan and 2017 Summary Report with Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan and 2015’s Clean Power Plan. It was found that the realm of scale is vital when implementing an environmental policy, with cities able to adopt radical actions more successfully and nations typically adopting incremental actions. Yet, at the national scale, it is more difficult to determine what works the best. The ability to effectively mitigate and adapt to the issue of climate change falls within the ability of governments to successfully implement environmental policies.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: How can we move towards radical environmental policy and away from incremental policies?
Focus question: Has hard law or soft law worked better at the city or national scale?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File