Title page for ETD etd-09082012-040552

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Taggart, Paul A.
URN etd-09082012-040552
Title Green giants and sleeping giants :environmental interest group politics and the nature of the state
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Shaiko, Ronald G. Committee Chair
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Payne, Rhys C. Committee Member
  • Political science
Date of Defense 1988-07-28
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The neglect that recent political science has shown toward the concept of the State has drastically reduced the efiicacy of analyses of environmental interest group politics. This thesis is an attempt to introduce a revamped concept of the State into such an analysis. The State is defined as both administrative and ideological. Through drawing out the logic of the environmentalist position, it can be shown how environmentalism challenges both these aspects of the modem State. It will then be shown how the State plays a decisive role in setting the parameters in which interest group activity operates, and how those parameters dictate that only groups which deny the logic of their own environmental ideological position gain access to existing power structures. The State, through the marketization, scientization, and technologization of the issues, has effectively defined the language of debate. This language is not the natural language of environmentalism, just as the definitions of the arena, and the norms of legitimacy and behavior sanctioned by the State are unsuited to the claims of environmentalism. By showing that the State has both the capacity and the incentive to intervene, the original premise of bringing the State back in to this analysis of environmental interest group politics in the United States is justified.

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