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Legal History

  • Robert E. Forbis Jr.
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Abstract

Analysis of the historical record demonstrates how the federal government’s desire to manage the use of public lands during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries helped establish the dynamic and always evolving subgovernment relationships between the federal government, ranchers, and energy developers. It is in the description of this context and these dynamics that political observers can discern how these developed relationships and dormant legal conditions have come to enable the modern struggle for dominance of the BLM’s land-use subgovernment. The legislative and legal manner these interests have, in almost parallel fashion, developed over time suggests that the clashing of interests within the land-use subgovernment of the BLM was inevitable.

Keywords

Bureau of Land Management Federal law Ranching Energy Public policy Interest groups Federal legislation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Forbis Jr.
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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