Title: Venue shopping throughout environmental decision-making processes: climate change and winter use policies in Yellowstone

Authors: Jeremy Arney

Addresses: Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, 1725 State Street, 425B Wimberley Hall, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA

Abstract: In order to make environmental policy changes, policymakers must first convince decision-making authorities that their problem definitions and alternative policy solutions warrant being placed on the decision-making agenda. This article highlights the utility of being able to venue shop policy solutions across the three decision-making venues in the federalist system of the USA - the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Two major recent international policy concerns, climate change and winter use in Yellowstone National Park (visited by many citizens from around the globe all year long), are used to show the importance of having scientific evidence and consensus when seeking to make environmental policy decisions in contrast to the status quo.

Keywords: venue shopping; problem definitions; framing of an issue; environmental policy; climate change; air pollution; best available technology; Yellowstone National Park.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEPDM.2017.085405

International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making, 2017 Vol.2 No.3, pp.196 - 206

Accepted: 01 Mar 2017
Published online: 19 Jul 2017 *

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