Green Political Theory

Green Political Theory

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With their remarkable electoral successes, Green parties worldwide seized the political imagination of friends and foes alike. Mainstream politicians busily disparage them and imitate them in turn. This new book shows that `greens' deserve to be taken more seriously than that. This is the first full-length philosophical discussion of the green political programme. Goodin shows that green public policy proposals are unified by a single, coherent moral vision - a `green theory of value' - that is largely independent of the `green theory of agency' dictating green political mechanisms, strategies and tactics on the one hand, and personal lifestyle recommendations on the other. The upshot is that we demand that politicians implement green public policies, and implement them completely, without committing ourselves to the other often more eccentric aspects of green doctrine that threaten to alienate so many potential more

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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 498.95g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • appendix, references, index
  • 0745610269
  • 9780745610269

Table of contents

Preface Part I: What's New? 1. The Issues 2. The Arguments 3. The Organizations 4. The Thesis Part II: A Green Theory of Value 5. The Good and the Valuable 6. A Taxonomy of Theories of Value 7. History and Process as Sources of Value 8. Naturalness as a Source of Value 9. Humanity and Nature 10. Green Corollaries 11. Green Heresies Part III: The Unity of the Green Programme 12. Single-issue Groups versus Catch-all Parties 13. A Unified Moral Vision 14. Claims of Consistency 15. Brown Evasions 16. Weighing Countervailing Values 17. Compromising Green Values Part IV: 18. Theories of Value and Theories of Agency 19. Principles of Green Political Action 20. Principles of Green Party Organization 21. Principles of Green Political Structures 22. Conclusion Part V: Conclusions 23. The Fate of Green Politics 24. The Fate of the Earthshow more

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