Preface: The Role of Government in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

The Need for Governmental Sustainability Policy

It's a great paradox that at the moment the United States needs government the most, we don't seem to have one anymore. As students of public administration, we have been motivated by John F. Kennedy's call to public service. Throughout our careers, we have chosen to “ask not what our country could do for us,” asking instead “what we could do for our country.” Steve Cohen joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the late 1970s, but six months into Ronald Reagan's presidential term, after he defined government as a problem rather than a calling, Cohen left the EPA and did not seek another government position. ...

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