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Environental Governance and Climate Resilience: Regional Reports

Student presentations on sea level rise adaptation strategies around the United States, and how they might inform policy decisions on the Pacific Coast. These were produced for the Fall 2018 course, "Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience," taught by Professors Bruce E. Cain and Len Ortolano. They were presented to a public workshop on Dec. 10, 2018.


 

Patterns of Participation and Representation in a Regional Water Collaboration

Regional collaboration has become a popular means to manage shared resources and address cross‐jurisdictional boundary issues. The question of who participates in the process, who directly affects decisions, and who benefits from those decisions is critical for understanding the broader value created by regional collaborations. We apply a variety of text mining techniques to meeting minutes to measure how stakeholder participation evolved over nine years of an Integrated Regional Water Management collaboration.

Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs

A paper based on ideas participants discussed at the conference “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs,” namely the five challenges that all water managers face and three particular water infrastructure issues: the opportunities afforded by considering water systems as “loops,” the importance of resiliency in response to climate change, and the reforms in federal, state, and private funding mechanisms that can facilitate water infrastructure financing. 

Evaluating Environmental Governance along Cross-Border Electricity Supply Chains with Policy-Informed Life Cycle Assessment: The California–Mexico Energy Exchange

This paper presents a “policy-informed” life cycle assessment of a cross-border electricity supply chain that links the impact of each unit process to its governing policy framework. An assessment method is developed and applied to the California–Mexico energy exchange as a unique case study.

Change from the Inside: My Life, the Chicano Movement, and the Story of an Era

The memoir of former Assemblymember and L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alatorre, chronicling his extraordinary role as a pioneering activist and political figure in the momentous events that advanced Latino empowerment from the 1960s through the 1990s—events that presaged the ascendency of contemporary Latino social and political influence.
 

Vicente Fox: The Future of U.S.–Mexican Relations

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada addressed an audience of Stanford students, faculty, and staff on April 18, 2017. President Fox spoke in English and answered questions from the audience and the Stanford political scientists Bruce E. Cain and Ambassador Michael McFaul. Sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West, the Freeman Spogli Institute, and the Center for Latin American Studies.

Held April 18, 2017 at Stanford University

Poll Position Podcast: California Versus Trump

Two days before the presidential inauguration, we took a look at the contentious relationship between Donald Trump and California. In addition, we analyzed a Hoover Golden State Poll that gauged Californians’ attitudes toward various aspects of the Trump agenda: immigration, Obamacare repeal, tax reform. Finally, as California braces for another round of storms, we look at the politics of water in 2017. 

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