Green States and Social Movements

Green States and Social Movements : Environmentalism in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Norway

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Social movements take shape in relation to the kind of state they face, while over time states are transformed by the movements that they both incorporate and resist. Green States and Social Movements is a comparative study of the environmental movement's successes and failures in four very different states: the USA, UK, Germany and Norway. The history covers the entire sweep of the modern environmental era that begins in 1970. The end in view is a green transformation of the state and society on a par with earlier transformations that gave us first the liberal capitalist state and then the welfare state. The authors explain why such a transformation is now most likely in Germany, and why it is least likely in the United States, which has lost the status of environmental pioneer that it gained in the early 1970s. Their comparative analysis also explains the role played by social movements in making modern societies more deeply democratic, and yields insights into the strategic choices of environmental movements as they decide on what terms to engage, enter or resist the state. Sometimes it makes sense for a movement to act conventionally, as a green party or set of interest groups. But sometimes inclusion can mean co-optation, in which case a movement can instead emphasize action in and through civil society.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 22mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 table
  • 0199249024
  • 9780199249022

Table of contents

1. States, Movements, and Democracy ; 2. Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Four Countries ; 3. Cooptive or Effective Inclusion? Movement Aims and State Imperatives ; 4. The Perils of Political Inclusion: Moderation and Bureaucratization ; 5. The Dynamics of Democratization ; 6. Evaluating Movement Effectiveness and Strategy ; 7. Ecological Modernization, Risk Society, and the Green State ; Conclusion

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... go a long way in addressing an important but underresearched topic in comparative politics. s ... a very interesting book ... well referenced ... It is recommended that industrialists as well as government officials might benefit from reading this volume. The International Journal of Environmental Studies

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