Publications

Reports of the Environmental Policy Workshop, as directed by Robert H. Nelson

 

A GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY AND REDUCTION POLICY OPTIONS FOR COLLEGE PARK, July 2015, Report of the Environmental Project Course, July 15.

GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION IN MARYLAND: NEW STATE-LEVEL STRATEGIES FOR CHANGING TIMES, September 2013, Report of the Environmental Policy Workshop, Spring 2013.

SAVING THE CHESAPEAKE BAY TMDL: THE CRITICAL ROLE OF NUTRIENT OFFSETS, October 2012, Report of the Environmental Policy Workshop, Spring 2012.

ENERGY SMOKE AND MIRRORS IN MARYLAND: PROBLEMS OF EXISTING POLICIES AND THE NEED TO RETHINK MARYLAND’S ELECTRIC POWER FUTURE, September 2011, Report of the Environmental Policy Workshop, Spring 2011.

MARCELLUS SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT: RECONCILING SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, LANDOWNER RIGHTS, AND COMMUNITY NEEDS, July 2010, Report of the Environmental Policy Workshop, Spring 2010.

TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS: A MENU OF SPECIFIC OPTIONS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, June 2009, Report from the Environmental Policy Workshop, Spring 2009.

THE NEGLECTED GREENHOUSE SOURCE: CURBING EMISSIONS FROM UNCONTROLLED COAL FIRES THROUGH CARBON CREDIT SALES, June 2008.  Policy report from the Environmental Policy Workshop, Spring 2008.

AGRICULTURE AND CLEAN WATER: REWRITING THE FARM BILL IN 2007. June 2006, Report of the Policy Analysis Workshop, Spring 2006.

A BIGGER BANG FOR THE BUCK: OFFSETS AND OTHER COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR NITROGEN REDUCTIONS FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. August 2005, Policy Report from the Policy Analysis Workshop, Spring 2005.

HIGHWAY PRICING: SOLUTION TO WASHINGTON'S TRAFFIC PROBLEMS?, May, 2004 policy report from the Policy Analysis Workshop, Spring 2004.

THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES: 30 YEARS LATER:WORKING TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE CITES, May 2003, Policy Report from the Policy Analysis Workshop, Spring 2003.

REDUCING COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS: TOWARD CLEAN WATER IN WASHINGTON, May, 2002- Policy report from the Policy Analysis Workshop, Spring 2002.

 
Public Land Policy

 

"Our Languishing Public Lands," Policy Review (February/March 2012).

"Economic Analysis and Public Land Management, 1975-2000," American Journal of Economics and Sociology. Vol. 65, No. 3. July 2006.

"Western Myths and Realities," Regulation, (Summer 2002).

"How to Reform Grazing Policy: Creating Forage Rights on Federal Rangelands," Fordham Environmental Law Journal, Vol.8,No.3, Symposium 1997.

"End of the Progressive Era: Toward Decentralization of the Federal Lands." in A Wolf in the Garden: The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate. Ed. Philip D. Brick and R. McGreggor Cawley. Lanham, MD:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1996.

"Ineffective Laws and Unexpected Consequences: A Brief Review of Public Lands History." Chapter 1 of Public Lands and Private Rights: Failure of Scientific Management. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1995.

"The Makinig of Federal Coal Policy: Lessons for Public Lands Management From a Failed Program, An Essay and Review", 25 Natural Resources Journal, 349 1985. This is an essay review from Professor A. Dan Tarlock on Professor Nelson's Book "The Making of Federal Coal Policy", Duke University Press. 1983

"The Subsidized Sagebrush: Why The Privatization Movement Failed," Regulation. July/August 1984

"Why the Sagebrush Revolt Burned Out." Regulation. May/June 1984

"The Public Lands," in Current Resources in Natural Resource Policy. Ed. Paul R. Portney. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future. 1982.

   
Forest Fires and National Forest Management

"Multiple Use Forest Management versus Ecosystem Forest Management: A Religious Question?" paper presented to the International Conference on New Frontiers of Forest Management, Zurich, Switzerland, June 26-30, 2012.

"The Forest Service's Tinderbox." Regulation, Vol. 23, No. 4 (2000).

"Rethinking Scientific Management: Brand-New Alternatives for a Century-Old Agency." in A Vision for the U.S. Forest Service: Goals for the Next Century. Ed. Roger A. Sedjo. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future. 2000.

"Restoring Forest Health and Avoiding Catastrophic Fire on Federal Lands", Testimony to the Task Force on Natural Resources and the Environment, House Budget Committee, September 13, 2000.

"The Religion of Forestry: Scientific Management", Journal of Forestry, November 1999.

"The Future of the National Forests." Social Science and Modern Society. Vol.34, No.1. December 1996.

"The Future of Federal Forest Management: Options for Use of Market Methods.", in Federal Land Policy. Ed. Phillip O. Foss. New York: Greenwood Press. 1987.

"Mythology Instead of Analysis: The Story of Public Forest Management", in Forestlands: Public and Private. Ed. Robert T. Deacon, M. Bruce Johnson. San Francisco, CA: Pacific Institutute for Public Policy Research, 1985.

    
Institutional Economics and Economic Development

Trailing in the Path of Deirdre McCloskey: The Lutheran Ethic and the Nordic Spirit of Social Democracy,” forthcoming in Roderick Flout, Santhi Hejeebu, and David Mitch, eds. Humanism Confronts Materialism (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2016). 

 “Fading ‘Religious Capital’: A Cause of the Financial Crisis,” forthcoming in Gary D. Badcock, ed., God and the Financial Crisis: Essays on Faith, Economics and Politics in the Wake of the Great Recession (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2016).

"Is Max Weber Newly Relevant?: The Protestant-Catholic Divide in Europe Today," Finnish Journal of Theology, Issue 5/2012 (November 2012).

"Max Weber Revisited," in Religion, Economy, and Cooperation. Ilkka Pyysiäinen, ed. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010).

"The Philippine Economic Mystery." The Philippine Review of Economics. Vol. 44, No. 1 (June 2007).

"Free Market Environmentalism: A Brief History and Overview," September 2001.

"How to Reform Grazing Policy: Creating Forage Rights on Federal Rangelands," Fordham Environmental Law Journal, Vol.8, No.3, Symposium 1997.

"Guiding the Ocean Search Process: Applying Public Land Experience to the Design of Leasing and Permitting Systems for Ocean Mining and Ocean Shipwrecks," Ocean Development and International Law, Volume 20, pp. 577-600 (1989).

"Private Rights to Government Actions: How Modern Property Rights Evolve," University of Illinois Law Review. Vol. 1986, No.2. (1986)

"The Economics of Honest Trade Practices," Journal of Industrial Economics. Vol.24, No.4. June 1976

   
Government Policy Papers

"An Analysis of Revenues and Costs of Public Land Management by the Interior Department in 13 Western States-Update to 1981," September, 1982.

"Making Sense of the Sagebrush Rebellion: A Long Term Strategy for the Public Lands," October, 1981.

"The New Range Wars: Environmentalists versus Cattlemen for the Public Rangelands," 1980.

"Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public Range Investments: A Case Study," 1976.

  
Economists and the Making of Public Policy

Bringing Religion into Economic Policy Analysis,” Regulation (Spring 2014).

 “Economics and Environmentalism: Belief Systems at Odds,” The Independent Review (Summer 2012).

"Confessions of a Policy Analyst," Paper presented to the Joint IIPPE AHE FAPE 2012 Conference on Political Economy and the Outlook for Capitalism,  Paris, France, July 5-8, 2012. 

"The Office of Policy Analysis in the Department of the Interior", Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Spring, 1989.

"The Economics Profession and the Making of Public Policy", Journal of Economic Literature, March, 1987.

"The Makinig of Federal Coal Policy: Lessons for Public Lands Management From a Failed Program, An Essay and Review", 25 Natural Resources Journal, 349 1985. This is an essay review from Professor A. Dan Tarlock on Professor Nelson's Book "The Making of Federal Coal Policy", Duke University Press. 1983

"Ten Commandments for Policy Economists", Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Fall, 1981.

  
Private Community Associations

Neighborhood Collectives instead of Central Planners,” Regulation (forthcoming 2016).

"Community Associations at Middle Age: Considering the Options," in Robert D. Ebel and John E. Petersen, eds., The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Finance (Oxford University Press, 2012).

"Homeowners Associations in Historical Perspective," Public Administration Review. July/August 2011.

"The Puzzle of Local Double Taxation: Why Do Private Community Associations Exist?" The Independent Review. Vol. 13, No. 3. Winter 2009.

"Private Neighborhood Governance: Trends and New Options in Collective Housing Ownership," in Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis. Randall G. Holcombe and Benjamin Powell, eds. (Oakland: The Independent Institute, 2009).

"Community Associations: Decentralizing Local Government Privately," in Fiscal Decentralization and Land Policies. Greogry K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong, eds. (Cambridge: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, May 2008).

"New Community Associations for Established Neighborhoods," Review of Policy Research, Vol. 23, No. 6 (2006).

"From BID's to RID's: Creating 'Residential Improvement Districts." Policy Brief, DeVoe L. Moore Center, Florida State University, April 2006.

"Home is Where The Rules Are," Washington Post, Outlook Section, December 18, 2005.

"Transforming Local Government -- Privately," Speech given at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 12, 2005.

"In Defense of Religious Neighborhood Associations," Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly. Vol. 25, No. 4. Fall 2005.

"Local Government as Private Property: Towards the Post-Modern Municipality." in Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of an American Ideal. Ed.Harvey M. Jacobs. Northampton, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 2004.

"The Rise of Private Neighborhood Associations: A Constitutional Revolution in Local Government", in The Property Tax, Land Use, and Land Use Regulation. Ed. Dick Netzer. Northampton, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 2003.

"Collective Private Ownership of American Housing: A Social Revolution in Local Governance." July 2000.

"Privatizing the Neighborhood: A Proposal to Replace Zoning with Private Collective Property Rights to Existing Neighborhoods." George Mason Law Review. Vol.7 No.4. Summer 1999.

  
Zoning and Land Tenure in America

"Homeowners Associations in Historical Perspective," Public Administration Review. July/August 2011.

 “Neighborhood Collectives instead of Central Planners,” Regulation (forthcoming 2016).

"Privatizing the Neighborhood: A Proposal to Replace Zoning with Private Collective Property Rights to Existing Neighborhoods." George Mason Law Review. Vol.7 No.4. Summer 1999.

"Public and Private in the Ownership and Management of Land in the United States.", The Public and the Private in the United States. Japan Center for Area Studies Symposium Series 12. 1999.

"Zoning Myth and Practice---From Euclid into the Future.", in Zoning and the American Dream: Promises Still to Keep.Ed. Charles M. Haar and Jerold S. Kayden. Washington DC: Planners Press in Association with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 1989.

"The Privatization of Local Government: From Zoning to RCAs.",Residential Community Associations: Private Governments in the Intergovernmental System? Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. May 1989.

"Private Rights to Government Actions: How Modern Property Rights Evolve.", University of Illinois Law Review. Vol.1986, No.2.(1986)

"A Private Property Right Theory of Zoning.", The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on Local Government Law. Vol.11, No.4. Fall 1979.

  
Economics and Religion

Prohibition and Eugenics: Implicit Religions that Failed,” Implicit Religion (forthcoming 2015).

 “Economic and Environmental Religion,” in Paul Oslington, ed., Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Markets, Free Trade and Religion,” Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly (Fall/Winter 2013).

 “The Secular Religions of Economic Progress,” The New Atlantis   (Summer 2013).

 “Is Max Weber Newly Relevant?: The Protestant-Catholic Divide in Europe Today,” Finnish Journal of Theology (University of Helsinki), Issue 5/2012 (November 2012).

 "Religion," in Jan Peil and Irene van Staveren, eds. The Handbook of Economics and Ethics (Northampton, MA:  Edward Elgar, 2009).

"Book Reviews of The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion versus Environmental Religion in Contemporary America (Penn State Press, 2010)," – reviews as of January 2013. 

"Markets, Free Trade and Religion," Forthcoming in 2013 in the Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly

"Five Moral Philosophies on Economic Growth: Fundamental Perspectives on Assessing Its Benefits and Costs," Paper prepared for presentation at a panel on "The Case for Economic Growth: Where Does the Modern Debate Stand?" at the Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Associations, San Diego, California, January 4-6-2013.

"Is Max Weber Newly Relevant?: The Protestant-Catholic Divide in Europe Today," Finnish Journal of Theology, Issue 5/2012 (November 2012).

"Economics and Environmentalism: Belief Systems at Odds,"  The Independent Review, Volume 17, Number 1, Summer 2012

"Max Weber Revisited," in Religion, Economy, and Cooperation. Ilkka Pyysiäinen, ed. (New York: De Gruyter, 2010).

"Recreating the Creation." Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly. Vol. 20, No. 1/2 (Winter/Spring 2009).

"Religion," in Handbook of Economics and Ethics. Jan Peil, ed. (Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009).

"A Covenant for Globalization?" The Review of Faith and International Affairs. Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter 2008.

"Global Warming and Religion: Climate Policy as Applied Theology," The Global Warming Debate: Science, Economics, and Policy, Conference Proceedings. (Great Barrington, MA: American Institute for Economic Research, 2007).

"Symposium Issue on Economics as Religion: From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond," Case Western Reserve Law Review (Spring 2006).

"The Opiate of Almost Everyone," Liberty. February 2006.

"Scholasticism versus Pietism: The Battle for the Soul of Economics," Econ Journal Watch. Vol.1 No.3 December 2004.

"All in the Name of Progress: An Essay-Review of Paul R. Josephson's Industrialized Nature," Politics and the Life Sciences. Vol. 23, No. 2. September 2004. pp. 46-54.

"The Theology of Economics," in Faithful Economics: The Moral Worlds of a Neutral Science. James W. Henderson and John L. Pisciotta, eds. (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2004).

"What is 'Economic Theology' ", The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Vol.xxv, No.1, New Series 2004, pp.58-79.

"Frank Knight and Original Sin", The Independent Review. Vol.6 No.1. Summer 2003.

"Book Reviews of Economics as Religion: From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond," (Penn State Press, 2001)

"Economic Religion versus Christian Values," Journal of Markets & Morality. Vol 1, No. 2. October 1998. pp. 142-157.

"Ecological Economics--"In Memoriam: On the Death of the 'Market Mechanism'", Ecological Economico.3 (March 1997).

"Does 'Existence Value' Exist?: Environmental Economics Encroaches on Religion ", The Independent Review. Vol.1 No.4.Spring 1997.

"Annual Review--"Sustainability, Efficiency and God: Economic Values and the Sustainability Debates.", Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. Vol.26, pp. 135054 (1995).

"Economics as Religion," in Economics and Religion: Are They Distinct?. H. Geoffrey Brennan and A.M.C. Waterman, eds. (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994).

   
Environmentalism and Religion

 The Secularization Myth Revisited: Secularism as Christianity in Disguise,” Journal of Markets and Morality (forthcoming Fall 2015).

 “Calvinism Without God:  American Environmentalism as Implicit Calvinism,” Implicit Religion (December 2014).

“Silent Spring as Secular Religion,” in Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers, and Andrew Morriss, eds., Silent Spring at 50 (Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2012).

Ecological Science as a Creation Story,” The Independent Review (Spring 2010).

"Fading ‘Religious Capital’: A Cause of the Financial Crisis,” forthcoming in Gary D. Badcock, ed., God and the Financial Crisis: Essays on Faith, Economics and Politics in the Wake of the Great Recession (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2016).

 “Neighborhood Collectives instead of Central Planners,” Regulation (forthcoming 2016).

Prohibition and Eugenics: Implicit Religions that Failed,” Implicit Religion (forthcoming 2015).

“Confessions of a Policy Analyst” in George DeMartino and Deirdre McCloskey, eds., Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Economic and Environmental Religion,” in Paul Oslington, ed., Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2014).

 “How to Save the Chesapeake Bay TMDL: The Critical Role of Nutrient Offsets,” William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (Winter 2014).

 “Markets, Free Trade and Religion,” Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly (Fall/Winter 2013).

 “The Secular Religions of Economic Progress,” The New Atlantis   (Summer 2013).

 “Is Max Weber Newly Relevant?: The Protestant-Catholic Divide in Europe Today,” Finnish Journal of Theology (University of Helsinki), Issue 5/2012 (November 2012).

 “Economics and Environmentalism: Belief Systems at Odds,” The Independent Review (Summer 2012).

“Our Languishing Public Lands,” Policy Review (February/March 2012).

 “Community Associations at Middle Age: Considering the Options”Robert D. Ebel and John E. Peterson, eds., Oxford Handbook of State and Local Finance (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

 “Rethinking Church and State: The Case of Environmental Religion,” Pace Environmental Law Review (Fall 2011).

 “Homeowners Associations in Historical Perspective,” Public Administration Review (July/August 2011).

 “La Religion Ambiental: Una Critica Teologica,” Revista Argentina de Teoria Juridica  (October 2010).

 “Max Weber Revisited,” in Ilkka Pyysiainen, ed.  Religion, Economy, and Cooperation (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2010).

“The Puzzle of Local Double Taxation: Why Do Private Community Associations Exist?,” The Independent Review (Winter 2009).

"Does Climate Change Debate Carry Religious Command?" USA Today, Page 9A, February 14th, 2013

"Economics and Environmentalism: Belief Systems at Odds," The Independent Review, Volume 17, Number 1, Summer 2012

"Rethinking Church and State: The Case of Environmental Religion,"  Pace Environmental Law Review, Volume 29, Issue 1, Fall 2011

"The Gospel According to Conservation Biology," Quarterly of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Vol.27, No. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2007).

"Man vs. Wild," Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2007.

"Earth's Optimal Temperature?" The Faculty Voice, University of Maryland, May 2006.

"Environmental Religion: A Theological Critique," Case Western Reserve Law Review. Vol. 55, No.1, Fall 2004.

"Environmental Colonialism: 'Saving' Africa from Africans," The Independent Review. Vol.8 No.1.Summer 2003.

"Environmental Calvinism: The Judeo-Christian Roots of Eco-Theology", in Taking the Environment Seriously. Ed. Roger E. Meiners and Bruce Yandle. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1993.)

   
American Constitutional Reform

"Rethinking the American Constitution," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2006.

"In Defense of Religious Neighborhood Associations," Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly. Vol. 25, No. 4. Fall 2005.

    
Zimbabwe

"Entrance and Lodging Fees in the National Park Systems Options for Zimbabwe," July 2000.

"Private Property Rights to Wildlife: The Southern African Experiment," with Kay Muir-Leresche, University of Zimbabwe, April 2000.

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