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David Karol’s new book, Red, Green, and Blue: The Partisan Divide on Environmental Issues (Cambridge UP, 2019), examines the history of environmental policy as it...

David Karol’s new book, Red, Green, and Blue: The Partisan Divide on Environmental Issues (Cambridge UP, 2019), examines the history of environmental policy as it has operated within or as it has been integrated into American political parties. He ably integrates the early conservation movement into the discussion, providing foundational understandings of the distinction between the conservationists at the beginning of the 20th century and the growth and evolution of the environmental movement in the second half of the 20th century. Red, Green, and Blue also compares the U.S. engagement with “green” politics and how environmentalism and green social movements have operated in other developed, western democracies. The thrust of this book, which is part of the Element Series at Cambridge University Press, is to focus on how, where, and why environmental policy became more acutely partisan. Karol also examines the functioning of party coalitions and interest groups as they have come together around environmental issues. This is a fascinating case study of environmental issues and policy, political parties, interest groups, and an understanding of the growing polarization in American politics.


Lilly J. Goren is Professor of Political Science at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She is author of Not in My District: The Politics of Military Base Closures (Peter Lang, 2003).