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Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice



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Politics and the Environmenthas established itself as the most comprehensive textbook in this area. This new edition has been completely revised and updated whilst retaining the features and the theory to practice focus which made the first two editions so successful. This text is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and issues which surround environmental problems and their political solutions. The authors investigate the people, movements and organisations that form and implement these policies, and explore the barriers which hinder successful introduction of international environmental politics. This new edition has been expanded to include: The shift in focus in environmental politics from sustainable development to climate change governance Far more material on climate change including institutional, national and global responses in the aftermath of the Kyoto protocol An increased international focus with more case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and North America More discussion of global environmental social movements including the US environmental organisations, in particular the Green Party and the environmental justice groups There is an additional co-author for this edition, David Benson from the University of East Anglia This textbook is an invaluable and accessible resource for undergraduates studying environmental politics.

Author Biography

James Connelly is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull. Graham Smith is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton. David Benson is a Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Clare Saunders is a Senior Lecturer in Politics International Relations at the University of Southampton.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Environmental Thought and Actionp. 13
Introduction to Part Ip. 14
Environmental philosophyp. 17
Reasoning about nature and the environmentp. 18
Three moral traditions and the environmentp. 21
The nature of value and the value of naturep. 31
Duties to the human worldp. 34
Conclusionp. 45
Case study: Modifying naturep. 47
Suggestions for further readingp. 52
Notesp. 52
Green ideologyp. 54
Politics, ethics and the limits to growthp. 56
Western political traditions and the emergence of a green ideologyp. 59
Sustainable development, ecological modernisation and beyondp. 73
Conclusionp. 85
Case study: The principles and policies of the green political programmep. 85
Suggestions for further readingp. 91
Notesp. 91
Environmental movementsp. 94
Defining environmental movementsp. 95
Understanding the why, when and how of environmental movementsp. 99
The development of environmental movementsp. 102
Green partiesp. 108
Green consumerismp. 122
Conclusionp. 127
Case study: The Camp for Climate Actionp. 128
Suggestions for further readingp. 133
Notesp. 134
The Background to Environmental Policymakingp. 137
Introduction to Part IIp. 138
Rationality and power in environmental decision makingp. 141
Collective action problemsp. 142
Public opinion and the issue attention cyclep. 149
Complexity, uncertainty and bounded rationalityp. 152
Power and influence: setting the policy agendap. 156
Conclusionp. 165
Case study: Air pollution in the USAp. 166
Suggestions for further readingp. 170
Notesp. 170
Policy principles and instrumentsp. 172
Policy principlesp. 174
Policy instrumentsp. 178
Conclusionp. 201
Case study: Road congestion: The price to be paid?p. 202
Suggestions for further readingp. 209
Notesp. 209
Valuation of the environmentp. 211
Economic valuation of environmental interventionsp. 212
Environmental assessmentp. 227
Measuring sustainable developmentp. 233
Conclusionp. 238
Case study: Weak and strong sustainabilityp. 238
Suggestions for further readingp. 242
Notesp. 242
Multi-Level Environmental Governance: From Global to Localp. 245
Introduction to Part IIIp. 246
Greening global governancep. 249
The structure and operation of global environmental governancep. 251
Legal frameworks and outputsp. 251
The internationalisation of the environment: from Stockholm to Bali (via Rio)p. 265
The international politics of sustainable developmentp. 268
The international politics of climate changep. 276
Conclusionp. 280
Case study: Deal or no deal? The Copenhagen Accordp. 281
Suggestions for further readingp. 285
Notesp. 285
The European Union and environmental integrationp. 287
The structure and operation of European environmental governancep. 289
From the politics of environmental quality to the governance of climate changep. 294
The politics of climate changep. 302
Conclusionp. 306
Case study: Market trader: The EU as climate policy actorp. 308
Suggestions for further readingp. 311
Notep. 312
Constructing the green statep. 313
The structure and operation of national environmental governancep. 315
Towards greener states?p. 323
Conclusionp. 346
Case study: Up in the air? Australian emissions tradingp. 348
Suggestions for further readingp. 351
Notesp. 351
Local environmental governancep. 353
The structure and operation of local governancep. 356
Changing patterns of local environmental governancep. 361
Conclusionp. 372
Case study: Transnational networks for local government climate actionp. 373
Suggestions for further readingp. 376
Notesp. 377
Concluding remarks: The future of environmental politics?p. 379
Bibliographyp. 385
Indexp. 413
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