America's Environmental Legacies

Shaping Policy through Institutions and Culture

  • Franklin Kalinowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Environmental Politics and Our Written Constitution

  3. Cultural Legacies: America’s Unwritten Constitution

  4. The Heritage: Environmentalism and the Evolving Constitution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 357-362

About this book


This powerful book focuses on the capacity of the American political system to respond to ecological challenges through policy perspectives, the constraints of our written Constitution, and the determination we muster to address these tests of national character. Put simply, this is a book about politics, policy, and political will. Kalinowski brilliantly shows that America’s collective will is found in the cultural values enunciated by the Founding Fathers and passed down through history with modifications. It comprises the essential missing ingredient in determining how we currently respond to crises. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison had distinct ideas concerning the role that Nature might play in the future. Recognizing the origins and impacts of their environmental legacies is the key to interpreting where American environmental politics is today, how we got here, and where we might be headed.


Environmental Politics Ecological Politics National Politics US Constitution Cultural Legacies climate change American environmentalism Thomas Jefferson Alexander Hamilton James Madison American Founding Fathers theory of moral sense political theory American political thought

Authors and affiliations

  • Franklin Kalinowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Warren Wilson CollegeMorgantonUSA

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