Global Environmental Politics: Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence—from companies touting energy-saving products to politicians debating how to best address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns—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, climate change, the environmental challenges of free trade and globalization, 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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“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 recommended as an undergraduate textbook." —Environmental Politics
"A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations.… It deserves to attract an extensive readership." —Political Studies
"Porter and Brown make a convincing case that environmental issues are going to increasingly dominate international affairs in the years ahead. I can think of no better way for diplomats to prepare for this new age of environmental diplomacy than by reading this book." —Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344423
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Series: Dilemmas in World Politics
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition, Dilemmas in World Politics series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela S. Chasek is associate professor of political science and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College. She is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including The Global Environment in the 21st Century and Earth Negotiations. She is also the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on environment and development negotiations at the United Nations published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

David L. Downie is director of environmental studies and associate professor of political science at Fairfield University. The author or editor of a variety of publications, his most recent works include Climate Change: A Reference Handbook; The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy; and Northern Lights against POPs: Combating Toxic Threats in the Arctic. Prior to joining Fairfield University in 2008, Dr. Downie spent 14 years at Columbia University where he taught courses in environmental politics and helped lead several educational and research programs.

Janet Welsh Brown is a former senior policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, former executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and a former member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth. She has taught a variety of courses in international relations and environmental politics at the University of Washington, the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xvii

List of Acronyms xix

Chronology xxiii

1 The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics 1

Global Macrotrends 2

An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics 14

International Regimes in Environmental Politics 19

Global Environmentsal Regimes 24

Paradigm Shifts and Environmental Politics 30

Conclusion 48

Discussion Questions 50

2 Actors in the Environmental Arena 53

Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interests 53

Intergovernmental Organizations 63

Multilateral Financial Institutions 80

Regional and Other Multilateral Organizations 88

Nongovernmental Organizations 91

Corporations 102

Treaty Secretariats 109

Conclusion 113

Discussion Questions 114

3 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Air Pollution, Hazardous Wastes, and Toxic Chemicals 117

Transboundary Air Pollution 121

Hazardous Waste 129

Toxic Chemicals 140

Conclusion 160

Discussion Questions 161

4 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change 163

Ozone Depletion 164

Climate Change 179

Conclusion 200

Discussion Questions 202

5 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitats 203

Whaling 205

International Trade in Endangered Species 215

Biodiversity Loss 226

Fisheries Depletion 235

Desertification 245

Forests 253

Conclusion 264

Discussion Questions 269

6 Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunities 271

Obstacles to Creating Strong Environmental Regimes 272

Obstacles to Effective National Implementation and Compliance with Global Environmental Regimes 290

Opportunities to Improve Compliance298

Increasing Financial Resources for Implementing Global Environmental Regimes 308

Conclusion 316

Discussion Questions 318

7 Environmental Politics, Economics, and Development 319

North-South Inequalities and the Environment 320

Environment and Development 330

Trade and the Environment 342

Conclusion 363

Discussion Questions 364

8 The Future of Global Environmental Polities 365

Globalization and the Global Environment 366

Global Environmental Governance 370

Conclusion: The Prospects for Global Environmental Politics 374

Discussion Questions 380

Notes 381

Suggested Readings 439

Internet Resources 449

Glossary 451

Index 457

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