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Governance

  • Robert E. Forbis Jr.
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Abstract

The disruption of a subgovernment results from numerous conditions. From the perspective of federal political appointees to the Department of the Interior (DOI) and career administrative officials within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), disruption of the BLM’s land-use subgovernment resulted from a variety of conditions. In the opinion of these government officials, energy development spilled onto the privately owned surface lands of split-estate property across the Western United States as the Bush Administration directed expansion of domestic energy development. In turn, the leasing and permit granting of split-estate properties for energy development disrupted the stability of the existing BLM land-use subgovernment. Among the government officials interviewed, there is general consensus that the disruption generated competition between ranchers and energy developers for control of the BLM’s land-use subgovernment. To these government officials, the end result of the conflict and competition is clear: Energy interests have displaced ranching’s dominance of the BLM’s land-use subgovernment.

Keywords

Political appointees Bureau of Land Management Department of Interior Bureaucracy Split-estate energy development Political conflict 

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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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