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How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power, and the Environment in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

Sarah S. Elkind


Focusing on five Los Angeles environmental policy debates between 1920 and 1950, this book investigates how practices in American municipal government gave business groups political legitimacy at the local level as well as unanticipated influence over federal politics. Los Angeles' struggles with oil drilling, air pollution, flooding, and water and power supplies expose the clout business has had over government. Revealing the huge disparities between big business groups and individual community members in power, influence, and the ability to participate in policy debates, the author shows tha ... More

Keywords: Los Angeles, environmental policy, American municipal government, business groups, political legitimacy, federal politics, oil drilling, air pollution, flooding, public interest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834893
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869116_elkind


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah S. Elkind, author