|"In Transforming California, Stephanie Pincetl argues that the transformation of nature in order to enhance economic development lies at the heart of much of the state's recent history. She sees late twentieth-century California on a path of continued environmental degradation, gripped by cynicism about government. Transforming California describes the evolution of the state's institutions of government as they apply to land use and development, and it shows how land-use decisions affect people's quality of life and their daily interactions with each other and with their environment." "Transforming California will be an invaluable resource for environmental historians, political scientists, geographers, and professionals in state and local government, and for general readers interested in California's history, politics, and environment."--BOOK JACKET.