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Harland Prechel

Sociology, Texas A&M University

Based in

United States
North America

Harland Prechel is professor in the Department of Sociology and an Energy Institute Fellow at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on how the interconnected components of the social structure contribute to the great acceleration of environmental pollution. There are three interrelated themes in his research: (1) how corporations exercise their power to redefine their political embeddedness in ways that permit them to pollute and externalize their pollution cost to society; (2) how corporations in the electrical energy producing sector organize their corporate entities as legally independent subsidiary corporations to centralize control over production capacity and create liability firewalls that protect the assets of the ultimate parent company from financial liabilities in their production facilities; and (3) the effects of organizational and political-legal arrangements and community characteristics on corporate polluting behavior.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Fossil fuels

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Harland Prechel. 2023. “Organizational Political Economy, Corporate Power, and the Great Acceleration of Environmental Pollution in the United States.” In Michael Long, Michael Lynch and Paul Stretesky (Eds), Handbook of Inequality and the Environment. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Joshua A. Basseches,  Rebecca Bromley‑Trujillo, Maxwell T. Boykoff, Trevor Culhane, Galen Hall, Noel Healy, David J. Hess, David Hsu, Rachel M. Krause, Harland Prechel, J. Timmons Roberts, Jennie C. Stephens, 2022. Climate policy conflict in the U.S. states: a critical review and way forward, Climatic Change, 170(3-4).

Harland Prechel, 2021. Neoliberal Organizational and Political-Legal Arrangements and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. Electrical Energy Sector The Sociological Quarterly, 62:2, 209-233 

Harland Prechel, 2015. Organizational Political Economy and Environmental Pollution. Sociology Compass, 9:828-840.

Harland Prechel, 2012. “Corporate Power and U.S. Economic and Environmental Policy, 1978-2008,” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (November 2012).