Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-11
  • Publisher: Mit Pr

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This comprehensive and accessible book fills the need for a political economy view of global environmental politics, focusing on the ways international economic processes affect environmental outcomes. It examines the main actors and forces shaping global environmental management, particularly in the developing world. Moving beyond the usual emphasis on international agreements and institutions, it strives to capture not only academic theoretical debates but also views on politics, economics, and the environment within the halls of global conferences, on the streets during antiglobalization protests, and in the boardrooms of international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry associations. The book maps out an original typology of four contrasting worldviews of environmental change--those of market liberals, institutionalists, bioenvironmentalists, and social greens--and uses them as a framework to examine the links between the global political economy and ecological change. This typology provides a common language for students, instructors, and scholars to discuss the issues across the classical social science divisions. The second edition of this popular text has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent events, including the food crisis of 2007-2008, the financial meltdown of 2008, and the Copenhagen Climate Conference of 2009. Topics covered include the environmental implications of globalization; wealth, poverty, and consumption; global trade; transnational corporations; and multilateral and private finance.

Author Biography

Jennifer Clapp is CIGI Chair in Global Environmental Governance and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is the coeditor of Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (MIT Press, 2009) and coeditor of the journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press). Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science, Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics, and Director of the Liu institute for Global. Issues at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press, 2008) and other books.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Acronymsp. xix
Peril or Prosperity? Mapping Worldviews of Global Environmental Changep. 1
Four Environmental Worldviewsp. 3
Market Liberalsp. 4
Institutionalistsp. 7
Bioenvironmentalistsp. 9
Social Greensp. 12
Conclusionp. 14
The Ecological Consequences of Globalizationp. 19
What Is Globalization?p. 19
Globalization and the Global Environmentp. 26
Conclusionp. 42
The Globalization of Environmentalismp. 47
The Evolution of Global Discourse on Environment and Developmentp. 48
Global Environmental Governancep. 72
Conclusionp. 85
Economic Growth in a World of Wealth and Povertyp. 87
Wealth and Poverty for Market Liberals and Institutionalistsp. 87
Critiques: Bioenvironmentalists and Social Greensp. 106
Conclusionp. 122
Global Trade and the Environmentp. 127
Globalization and Tradep. 129
Trade's Impact on the Environment: Three Schools of Thoughtp. 131
The WTO and the Environmentp. 143
Regional Trade Agreements-Opportunity for Greener Models?p. 156
Conclusionp. 159
Global Investment and the Environmentp. 161
Globalization and Transnational Corporationsp. 162
Differential Standards: Pollution Havens, Industrial Flight, Double Standards?p. 166
TNCs and Site Practicesp. 174
Greening or Greenwash?p. 179
TNCs and Global Governance for Investment and the Environmentp. 185
Conclusionp. 190
Global Financing and the Environmentp. 193
Scope and Trends in International Financep. 194
Multilateral Lending: The World Bank and the IMFp. 199
Multilateral Environmental Aid: The GEF and Climate Fundsp. 209
Bilateral Finance: Export Credit Agenciesp. 214
Private Finance and the Environmentp. 217
Conclusionp. 223
Paths to a Green World? Four Visions for a Healthy Global Environmentp. 227
Market Liberal Visionp. 228
Institutionalist Visionp. 233
Bioenvironmentalist Visionp. 237
Social Green Visionp. 241
Clashing Visions?p. 245
Notesp. 251
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 333
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