Global Environmental Politics

Global Environmental Politics

Paperback Dilemmas in World Politics (Paperback)

By (author) Pamela S. Chasek, By (author) David L. Downie, By (author) Janet Welsh Brown

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  • Publisher: Westview Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 504 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 25mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 0813344425
  • ISBN 13: 9780813344423
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 393,109

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Updated with revised material and a new chapter assessing the future, this is a comprehensive introduction to the process and politics of global environmental policy making. Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence, it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. For nearly twenty years, "Global Environmental Politics" has provided an up-to-date, accurate and unbiased introduction to the world's most pressing environmental issues, and the fifth edition continues this tradition. Offering a comprehensive yet concise overview of the environment and international politics, this updated edition includes new material on the latest international environmental regimes, the increasing problems that water quality and water scarcity are creating in the political arena, and the growing role of the environment in global security. It is vital reading for anyone wishing to understand the current state of the field and to make informed decisions about which policies might best safeguard our environment for the future.

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Pamela S Chasek is associate professor of political science and director of the international studies programme at Manhattan College, and the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. David L Downie is director of environmental studies and associate professor of political science at Fairfield University. Janet Welsh Brown was a senior policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund and a member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth. She taught several university courses in international relations and environmental politics.

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"The latest edition of "Global Environmental Politics" by Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges ... This text is an essential edition to any collection." --"Choice" "A well-seasoned text, the best in its field, at the introductory and advanced level ... Clear, cogent, current, and comprehensive ... With more books like this, we stand a better chance of managing planet earth." --David Rosenberg, Middlebury College "The definitive textbook in its field ... Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike." --Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University "Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.... A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum." --"International Journal of Environment & Pollution" "The many instructors who used the first edition of the Porter/Brown text in their courses will be delighted with this thoroughly revised second edition. It successfully captures contemporary trends in the rapidly changing world of environmental politics." --Marvin S. Soroos, North Carolina State University "As an introductory text, this book could hardly be bettered. It is clearly written, with a helpful glossary of technical terms and a useful chronology." --"Times Literary Supplement" "Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage.... Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects ... Highly re

Table of contents

1. The Theory of UN Collective Security; 2. UN Security Efforts During the Cold War; 3. UN Security Operations After the Cold War; 4. Evolving Security Operations: Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Lebanon & Sudan; 5. The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century; 6. The United Nations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Theory.