Environmental Decentralization: Seeking the Proper Balance between National and State Authority
AbstractThis paper examines the United States’ experience with environmental decentralization, focusing on the relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states. It outlines the factors that are considered in determining the appropriate degree of decentralization, the advantages and disadvantages of decentralization, how the EPA-state relationship has evolved over the years, and the structural mechanisms used to ensure that there is a high degree of performance by EPA and the states in administering the programs. Program-specific examples of the EPA-state relationship are also provided.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-05-42.
Date of creation: 27 Oct 2005
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environmental decentralization; environmental administration;
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