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Asian carp: The value of understanding political, social, and economic effects of prospective policies to mitigate a Laurentian Great Lakes invasion

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Rachel Binder

Northwestern University, US
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MA in Public Policy and Administration, Class of 2015

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Bighead (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) and silver Asian (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) carp are invasive species that threaten to populate the Laurentian Great Lakes, located on the United States-Canada border in northeastern North America. Elected officials, at the urging of Laurentian Great Lakes stakeholders, are debating eight possible policy alternatives to stop an Asian carp invasion. The alternatives have been justified scientifically; however, the political, social, and economic impacts of the alternatives are yet to be articulated. This study will discuss these impacts using a cause and effect analysis of each policy alternative. The results of this analysis show that the policies currently being considered, although viewed as scientifically effective, are not politically, socially, or economically feasible. There are doubts about scientific certainty, varying citizen opinions on alternatives and little to no detail about who will pay for policy implementation. Elected officials must gather credible data regarding political opportunities and obstacles, public opinion and economic externalities to recommend and implement the best policy alternative.

How to Cite: Binder, R., 2016. Asian carp: The value of understanding political, social, and economic effects of prospective policies to mitigate a Laurentian Great Lakes invasion. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 4(1), pp.15–37.
Published on 01 Jan 2016.
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