Michael E. Kraft

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Public and Environmental Affairs

2551 Oakwood Avenue
Green Bay, WI
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Work was completed in 2011 on a book project reporting on an NSF-funded study of the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory and its effects on business and community decisionmaking. The study involved a large dataset of nationwide toxic chemical releases and other environmental performance measures for about 8,500 American industries along with results from a national survey of 1,000 businesses that focused on their experience with the TRI program and the effect it had on their manufacturing operations as well as on relations with community groups. The book, Coming Clean, was released by MIT Press in early 2011 and it anchors the TRI study within the larger context of how best to appraise the potential for new environmental policy approaches, such as information disclosure. Written with Troy Abel and Mark Stephen, the book explores the broad trends in industry performance and TRI measures, seeks to explain the substantial difference among leaders and laggards, and offers some recommendations both TRI policy and environmental policy in general. In 2017 I prepared a new 10th edition of Environmental Policy (CQ Press), co-edited with Norman Vig; 6th ed. of Public Policy (CQ Press), co-authored with Scott R. Furlong; and a 7th ed. of my own text, Environmental Policy and Politics (Routledge), and in 2013 I completed a new co-edited book with Sheldon Kamieniecki, the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy; it includes over 30 chapters that appraise recent work in the field and set out an agenda for future research. In the past several years I also prepared papers or articles on the politics of nuclear waste, Congress and environmental policy, and the use of information disclosure in natural gas fracking, among other work.

Kraft, Michael E. 2018. Environmental Policy and Politics, 7th ed. New York: Routledge.
Vig, Norman J., and Michael E. Kraft, eds. 2019. Environmental Policy, 10th ed. Washington, D.C. CQ Press
Kraft, Michael E., and Scott R. Furlong. 2017. Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 6th Edition.Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Kraft, Michael E., "Nuclear Power and the Challenge of High-Level Waste Disposal in the United States." Polity 45, 2 (April): 265-280.
Kamieniecki, Sheldon, and Michael E. Kraft, eds. 2013. The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy. New York: Oxford University Press.
Mazmanian, Daniel A., and Michael E. Kraft eds. 2009. Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy, 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Kraft, Michael, Mark Stephen, and Troy D. Abel. 2011. Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Kraft, Michael, and Sheldon Kamienieck, eds. 2007. Business and Environmental Policy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy SECONDARY
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Health Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY