Monday, November 5, 2018

The Politics Of The Environment

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The continuous rise in the profile of the environment in politics reflects growing concern that we may be facing a large-scale ecological crisis. The new edition of this highly acclaimed textbook surveys the politics of the environment, providing a comprehensive and comparative introduction to its three components: ideas, activism and policy. Part I explores environmental philosophy and green political thought; Part II considers parties and environmental movements; and Part III analyses policy-making and environmental issues at international, national and local levels. This second edition has been thoroughly updated with new and revised discussions of many topics including the ecological state, ecological citizenship, ecological modernisation and the Greens in government and also includes an additional chapter on ‘Globalisation, trade and the environment’. As well as considering a wide variety of examples from around the world, this textbook features a glossary, guides to further study, chapter summaries and critical questions throughout.

List of figures page 
List of tables 
List of boxes 
Preface to the second edition
1: Introduction 
PART 1:- Theory: thinking about the environment
2: Environmental philosophy 
Staking out the territory 
Holistic perspectives 
Moral extensionism 
Conclusion: Breaking down the anthropocentric–ecocentric
3: Green political thought 
The central ideas of ecologism 
Traditional political ideologies and the green challenge 
Neither left nor right but in front? 
PART 2:- Parties and movements: getting from here to there
4: Green parties: the rise of a new politics?
Green party electoral performance: an overview 
Is there a new politics? 
The political opportunity structure and green party success 
Whatever happened to the environment? 
New challenges 
5: Party politics and the environment 
Green parties in parliament 
The ‘greening’ of established parties 
Explaining party politicisation 
6: Environmental groups 
The environmental movement: an audit 
A typology of environmental groups 
The institutionalisation of the environmental movement 
The resurgence of grassroots environmentalism? 
A new civic politics? 
The impact of the environmental movement 
PART 3:- Environmental policy: achieving a sustainable society
7: The environment as a policy problem 
Core characteristics of the environment as a policy problem 
The traditional policy paradigm 
Political obstacles to change 
Achieving policy change 
8: Sustainable development and ecological modernisation 
Sustainable development 
Ecological modernisation: the practical solution? 
9: Global environmental politics 
The paradox of international co-operation 
Environmental regimes: the ozone and climate
change treaties 
Accounting for regimes 
Regime implementation 
Global environmental politics and sustainable development 
10: Globalisation, trade and the environment 
Globalisation and the environment
International trade and the environment 
The WTO and the environment 
North American Free Trade Agreement 
The European Union 
11: Greening government 
Democracy and participation 
12: Policy instruments and implementation 
Regulation and regulatory styles 
Voluntary action 
Government expenditure 
Market-based instruments 
Policy instruments and climate change 
13: Conclusion 
Author Details

"NEIL CARTER" is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He is co-author of How Organisations Measure Success: The Use of Performance Indicators in Government (with Rudolf Klein and Patricia Day, 1992) and joint editor of the journal Environmental Politics.

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