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When Global Environmental Politics was first published, the environment was just emerging as a pivotal issue in traditional international relations. Today, the environment is considered to be a central topic to discussions of international politics, political economy, international organization, and the relationship between foreign and domestic policy. With new and updated case studies throughout, a revised chapter on improving compliance with international environmental regimes, and a new section on environment within the larger context of sustainable development, this classic text is more complete and up-to-date than any survey of international environmental politics on the market. In addition to providing a concise yet comprehensive overview of global environmental issues, the authors have worked to contextualize key topics such as the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Kyoto Protocol, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, international forest policy, and the trade, development and environment nexus. Environmental concerns from global warming to biodiversity loss to whaling are seen as challenges to transnational relations, with governments, NGOs, IGOs, and MNCs all involved in the multilateral interaction that is necessary to address the ever-complicated subject of global environmental politics.
|1||The emergence of global environmental politics||1|
|2||Actors in the environmental arena||41|
|3||The development of environmental regimes : eleven case studies||97|
|4||Effective environmental regimes : obstacles and opportunities||197|
|5||Economics, development, and the future of global environmental politics||233|
Posted January 18, 2009
Globalisation and Its Discontents has a far better description of globalisation than the World is Flat, which I have previously reviewed. This even though the book is primarily concerned with global financial governance, the IMF and the World Bank, and how they behave, especially in the developing world. Stiglitz contends that IMF¿ policies have attempted to serve Wall Street have failed not only developing countries but the global economy and so the United States. The explanations of the economics is clear, and easy to follow. This is all the more remarkable since Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize winning economist, rather than a journalist or trade author.<BR/>The narrative assumes a great deal of recent world history, so that someone without a knowledge of that history may not follow it that well. Stigliz argues his case forcefully and leaves the impression that he is sure of the answers, or most of the answers, since however these answers, in dramatic contrast to the IMF¿s answers involve consulting the political and economic leaders of developing countries this flaw may be overlooked.<BR/>Stiglitz examines the history of the privatization of the Soviet blocÂ and development efforts across the world but focuses most on global liquidity crises. Appropriate responses to these crises is a central theme of the book, which makes it extremely relevant to the present moment as the global financial system faces an unprecedented credit crunch.<BR/>According to Stiglitz the IMF have historically told developing countries to endure the pain of such crises by allowing large scale job losses. This has been accompanied by loans intended primarily to ensure the investments of developing world companies. Inflation must reduced at all costs. Pain and costs are no mere metaphors, the IMF insists that job losses, bankrupcies, foreclosures even starvation are all necesary. Stiglitz¿s alternative strategyt is for government to retain or employ expansionary monetary and fiscal policy, provide for re-structuring in economy but do so by having quick relief for bankruptcy, along the lines of Chapter 11 of the US Code. This would enable enterprises to change ownership, have title assured quikcly, and be able to access credit without the enterprise being liquidated i.e. destroyed. This approach avoids destruction to economy of large scale bankruptcies caused not by individual business failure but liquidity crisis.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2006
This is one of the best books on environmental policy and politics that I have ever read. An excellent resource for experts or beginners, it contains concise and very clear summeries of all current global issues. A real find.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.