Staking Out the Terrain

Power Differentials Among Natural Resource Management Agencies

Edited by Jeanne Nienaber Clarke & Daniel McCool

Series: SUNY series in Environmental Public Policy
Hardcover : 9780887060205, 189 pages, June 1985

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Differentials in Agency Power

Bureaucratic Superstars: The Army Corps of Engineers and The U. S. Forest Service

Agencies that Muddle Through: The National Park Service, the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service

Organizational Shooting Stars: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management

A Cross-Validation of Agency Power: Budget, Personnel, and Status Rankings

From Staking Out the Terrain to Searching for Common Ground




An original approach to the study of bureaucratic behavior that formulates a model of agency power supported by analysis of seven federal natural resource agencies.


In the area of environmental conservation, Staking Out the Terrain provides a fresh approach to the study of bureaucratic behavior by utilizing a synthesis of several methodologies: policy analysis, historical development, the case study, and budgetary analysis.

It formulates a model of agency power focusing on the ability of agencies to expand resources and jurisdiction for environmental control.

A detailed analysis of seven federal agencies provides support for the model. The agencies are:

— the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers,
— the U. S. Forest Service,
— the Bureau of Land Management,
— the National Park Service,
— the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
— the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation,
— the U. S. Soil Conservation Service.

Jeanne Nienaber Clarke is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona. Daniel McCool is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A & M University.