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  1. Comment from Wendy Read Wertz, author of Lynton Keith Caldwell: An Environmental Visionary and the National Environmental Policy Act:

    Caldwell’s 1963 article, “Environment: A New Focus for Public Policy?” clearly deserved inclusion among the list of 75 most influential articles.

    In his groundbreaking 1963 article, Caldwell introduced the concepts of environmental policy and administration for the first time. His ideas were then completely novel. Beginning in 1962 and continuing for much of the following decade, Caldwell was really the only political scientist and specialist in public administration working to develop this new academic subfield. As I write in my biography, his article “played a pivotal role in spurring the emergence of the entirely new field of environmental policy, politics, and administration. . . . It was the first time that anyone in his field had argued that comprehensive, holistically oriented environmental policies and administrative procedures needed to be developed so that the environment could be better managed and preserved.”

    That same year Caldwell was awarded the William E. Mosher award from ASPA for his article “for distinguished contribution to the Public Administration Review.” It was “judged the most meritorious article appearing in the Review during 1963.”

    The article received widespread attention. Among many letters he received, Samuel Ordway, the president of the Conservation Foundation, wrote to Caldwell to say that he had “certainly opened a timely area of discussion in public administration.” Caldwell later responded that he had learned that his article “had stimulated the second heaviest demand for reprints in the 25-year history of that journal [Public Administration Review].” Ordway later asked Caldwell to become a consultant to the Foundation. In 1967, when Senator Henry Jackson was considering a bill on national environmental policy, his staff contacted the Foundation for help in finding someone with the then unusual blend of experience in both public administration and environmental affairs to help him. After Caldwell agreed to act as consultant to the senator, he became a chief architect of the nation’s keystone environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Caldwell is also credited as the “inventor” of the environmental impact statement clauses in NEPA, now emulated by more than a hundred nations around the world. His ideas all emerged from his original 1963 article.

    Over the course of the following decades, environmental policy and administration evolved and flourished. Again, as I write in my book:

    “In June 2004 . . . Public Administration Times published an editorial piece by George Frederickson entitled, “The Man Who Invented Environmental Policy.” In it, Frederickson paid tribute to Caldwell’s 1963 article, “Environment: A New Focus for Public Policy?,” calling it “arguably the most important article ever published in the Public Administration Review.” In this article, Frederickson wrote, “Lynton Keith Caldwell laid out the framework for what was to become American environmental policy. . . . It was Keith Caldwell, a leading public administration scholar who, as much as anyone else, invented both a field of public policy and a global movement.”

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