Title page for ETD etd-05132012-195100

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Trefren, Jennie Lee
URN etd-05132012-195100
Title The Emergence of the Wyoming Core Area Strategy: "The Sage Grouse Rebellion"
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hult, Karen M. Committee Chair
Cook, Brian J. Committee Member
Hoon, Parakh Committee Member
  • jurisdictional dynamic
  • environmental federalism
  • greater sage grouse
  • strategy
  • casual mechanism
  • Endangered Species Act
  • advocacy coalition framework
  • Wyoming core area strategy
Date of Defense 2012-05-01
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This research sought to explain the emergence of the Wyoming Core Area Strategy (WCAS), a state-based Greater Sage Grouse conservation plan. It presents a theoretical framework that is

based on and adds nuance to the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF). The hypothesis this

study explored was: if a subsystem’s jurisdiction is threatened by a hierarchically superior subsystem’s policy outputs and this jurisdiction is necessary to meet the threatened subsystem’s

goals, then policy change may occur as a result of a strategy by the agents in the threatened

subsystem. The data used to examine the hypothesis included expert interviews, historical

documents, and interviews from media sources (secondary source interviews). The hypothesis

was supported; the WCAS emerged because the Endangered Species Act listing outputs within

the Species Conservation Policy Subsystem threatened the Wyoming Land Use Policy (WLUP)

Subsystem’s jurisdiction, which was necessary to meet the WLUP Subsystem’s economic and lifestyle goals; the Governor of Wyoming drove the development and enactment of the WCAS as a strategy to retain jurisdiction. The research demonstrated that in order to fully account for the WCAS’s emergence, a less mechanistic view of the framework, one that accounts for the ability

of agents in a subsystem to act strategically, was needed. The research also demonstrated that the Greater Sage Grouse conservation benefited from the ESA listing process despite its warranted

but precluded listing status. The time frame the research explored was 2002 through March 2012.

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