The Politics of the Environment

The Politics of the Environment : Ideas, Activism, Policy

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The rising profile of the environment in politics reflects growing public concern that we may be facing a large-scale ecological crisis. This unique textbook surveys the politics of the environment, providing a comprehensive and comparative introduction to ideas, activism and policy. Part One explores environmental philosophy and green political thought, assessing the relationship between 'green ideas' and other political doctrines. Part Two considers parties and movements, including the development of green parties from protest parties, the response of established political parties to the environmental challenge, and the evolution of the environmental movement. Part Three analyses public policy-making and environmental issues at the international, national and local levels. As well as considering a wide variety of examples from around the world, this important new textbook includes glossary, lists of key issues, chapter summaries and guides to further more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113916385X
  • 9781139163859

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'Neil Carter skilfully and comprehensively charts the origins and dynamics of environmental politics, and opens up the vistas for its successor, sustainability politics. This is a vital read.' Tim O'Riordan, University of East Anglia 'This is a marvellous book. Light on its feet yet profoundly scholarly and informative; an introduction to environmental politics yet so much more than an introduction. It will leave us all wishing that we had Neil Carter's enviable and productive grasp of such a wide range of material.' Andrew Dobson, Keele University 'This book admirably caters to demands for a clear text for students of politics and might well have a useful role as an introduction for anybody needing a primer to the politics channel of environmental discourse ... As an accompaniment to an undergraduate course on environmental politics, this book is among the top few ...'. The Times Higher Education Supplement 'What is outstanding is the depth and breadth of material which is rarely seen in this field of writing. It stands as an excellent introduction to the subject which deserves the widest readership.' British Ecological Society's Teaching Ecology Group Newsletter 'The Politics of the Environment is an excellent and demanding book for confident and able undergraduate students ... The scope and coverage of the book is however its real strength: it is excellent ... exactly what is needed within this field, namely a challenging, stimulating and very rerwarding introduction to a complex literature ... Carter's book comes very highly recommended and it is now arguably the best book of its type available.' Green Politics Newsletter 'Written with enviable clarity and attention to detail ... Sample questions, generous reading lists and a meaty bibliography make this a fine and extremely user-friendly pedagogical tool ... Read Carter as a valuable device to teach, as well as research, the rapidly expanding field of environmental political science'. The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... read Carter as a valuable device to teach, as well as research, the rapidly expanding field of environmental political science.' The Times Higher Education Supplement '... a depth of knowledge and grasp of a range of a variety of areas from environmental policy to green ideology with an original argument that goes far beyond a textbook.' The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 'Carter's comprehensive and wide-ranging book points to the central green policy aim of transforming and/or eroding the 'traditional' environmental policy paradigm which emerged in the 1970s.' The British Journal of Politics & International Relationsshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Theory: 1. Environmental philosophy; 2. Ecologism: a green ideology?; Part II. Agency: 3. Green parties: the rise of a new politics; 4. Party politics and environment; 5. Environmental groups; Part III. Policy: 6. Environmental policy-making: the traditional paradigm; 7. Sustainable development and ecological modernisation: an alternative paradigm; 8. International environmental politics; 9. Greening governments; 10. Policy instruments and more

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