hardcover, 286 p., $100.00
In this highly technical and organized book, Australian economist Stuart Whitten and environmental management educator Jeff Bennett address governmental policy relating to wetlands under private ownership. Using two examples of wetlands in Australia as case studies, the authors review the decisions of the landowners that influenced governmental policies. They develop their theory of management and explain the methods used to evaluate the outcome of policy decisions. As the authors describe the goal of the book, it is “to advance the design of policy relating to the production of environmental outputs, specifically those associated with wetlands.” This review of the alternatives in management philosophy will be of interest to all policy makers in environmental management.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden