Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics / Edition 4

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Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives: contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly, and reflecting voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental problems and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, biodiversity, and other environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Fourteen new readings discuss globalization and environmental change; transnational activist networks; the UN Environment Programme; environment-conflict linkages, including the case of Darfur; environmental peacebuilding; the debate on greening foreign aid; and the linkages between climate change and human rights. This book stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Fourth Edition

“As a professor of environment and development, I would be lost without Conca and Dabelko’s Green Planet Blues. This edition builds gracefully from the must-read classics of the 1970s to today’s need-to-know issues—such as globalization, the WTO, and the role of local and global civil society. Using a political economy lens to bring together a multiplicity of voices, Conca and Dabelko have assembled a spectacular volume.” —Dr. Robin Broad, American University

“This is the best and most lively introduction to the study of global environmental politics. The editors have assembled a rich and diverse array of voices that capture all of the key ideas, actors, conflicts and themes in this burgeoning field. The fourth edition of Green Planet Blues also confirms, yet again, the editors’ finely honed skills in talent spotting.” —Robyn Eckersley, Head of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

“In this updated edition of their classic textbook, Conca and Dabelko have produced a volume that stimulates and challenges. The diverse views represented in the volume challenge orthodox thinking, making for stimulating reading and class discussion. Where other volumes often present a consolidated view of the dominant thinking (or at least the dominant view in the U.S.), this volume provides readers with a much broader view of the perspectives of individuals and institutions shaping the dynamic of global environmental politics. Moreover, the fourth edition reflects recent trends and new knowledge, notably in globalization and peacebuilding as well as more broadly. It is essential reading to understanding the dynamics shaping international environmental law and institutions now and in the foreseeable future.” —Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Codirector of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute

Green Planet Blues remains the only indispensable global environmental politics reader. It presents key readings that capture the major differences in thinking on critical issues in global environmental politics, including governance, justice, security, and sustainability. This is a book that has stood the test of time, and it remains an invaluable guide to past and present debates in global environmental politics. It is notable for its clear introduction, concise chapters, and strong representation of voices from the South, and this makes it a book for globally minded students everywhere.” —Jon Barnett, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

“The fourth edition of Green Planet Blues provides a thorough overview of global environmental policy and politics since the 1972 Stockholm summit. This up-to-date revised version is one of the few essential books for anyone interested in environmental issues, and particularly an excellent resource for students and teachers alike in this field. Highly recommended.” —Ashok Swain, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University, Sweden

Praise for Previous Editions

“This is an excellent collection of readings that together address the breadth of the environmental dilemma facing humankind. In particular, it exhibits how our understanding of global ecological problems has matured over the twenty years between the two great international conferences on the environment. It is highly recommended to anyone who wishes a fuller comprehension of the interconnected obstacles we must face if we are to develop a sustainable way of living on planet Earth.” —Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club

Green Planet Blues, Third Edition provides an excellent synthesis of key issues in international environmental law and policy in the last three decades. It provides the most incisive social, political and economic analysis of international, national and local environmental concerns. It is an essential reading for academics, policymakers, students and researchers in developing and developed countries.”  —Dr. Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Programme Director, International Environment Law Research Centre, Kenya

“The strength of this wide-ranging collection lies in its portrayal of the major sets of ideas or paradigms that have shaped the debate over environmental issues during the last twenty-five years. The result is an excellent introduction to contemporary thinking not only about the causes and consequences of environmental problems but also about the pros and cons of proposed solutions.” —Oran Young, Dartmouth College

Green Planet Blues includes some of the best writing and thinking of the past two decades on the politics of ecology. And lest anyone has forgotten, environmental problems are at least as much about politics as they are about ecology. This is indispensable reading for anyone wishing to get below the surface of issues to their political roots.” —David W. Orr, Oberlin College

“This book is outstanding, offering a long-awaited anthology of key readings in the new interdisciplinary field of global politics. The editors have done a superb job of assembling, in a coherent and balanced manner, the best collection to date of theoretical and empirical essays. Their self-conscious inclusion of perspectives from developing countries makes this one of the first collections with a truly global perspective. This book will be profoundly helpful to students of the social sciences and environmental studies-indeed, to anyone who is concerned about the prospects for human life on this green planet.” —Karen T. Litfin, University of Washington

Green Planet Blues, 3E provides an excellent synthesis of key issues in international environmental law and policy in the last three decades. It provides the most incisive social, political economic analysis of international, national, and local environment concerns. It is an essential reading for academics, policymakers, students and researchers in developing and developed countries.” —Dr. Patricia Kameri-Mbote , Program Director, International Environmental Law Research Center

“A grasp of the complexity and dynamics of environmental politics is central to the better environmental future all deserve and need… this is a concise and perspicacious sourcebook on ecopolitics taken from the grand sweep of history from Stokholm to the present day… should be within instant reach of every concerned citizen.” —Thomas Lovejoy, President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344119
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Conca is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda.

Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Table of Contents

Twenty-five Years of Global Environmental Politics 1
Pt. 1 The Debate at Stockholm 17
1 The Limits to Growth 27
2 Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries 32
3 The Tragedy of the Commons 40
4 No Tragedy on the Commons 48
5 The Tragedy of the Commons: Twenty-two Years Later 55
6 The Scarcity Society 65
Pt. 2 Ecology and the Structure of the International System 73
7 Rethinking the Ecology-Sovereignty Debate 85
8 The Shadow Ecologies of Western Economies 94
9 Global Technopolitics 97
10 Fight for the Forest 102
11 Think Locally, Act Globally? The Transnationalization of Canadian Resource-Use Conflicts 107
12 Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics 118
Pt. 3 The Prospects for International Environmental Cooperation 131
13 Ozone Diplomacy 141
14 Do International Environmental Agreements Really Work? 149
15 Skinning Scientific Cats 153
16 Global Warming in an Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism 157
17 The Earth Summit: Reflections on an Ambiguous Event 161
Pt. 4 Institutions as Though the Earth Mattered 169
18 The Case for Free Trade 179
19 The Perils of Free Trade 187
20 Trade and Sustainable Development 195
21 The Emperor's New Clothes: The World Bank and Environmental Reform 201
22 Greening Development: Environmental Implications of Economic Policies 212
Pt. 5 The Sustainable Development Debate 221
23 Towards Sustainable Development 229
24 Whose Common Future? 240
25 Sustainable Development: A Critical Review 245
26 Voices from the Developing World: Progress Toward Sustainable Development 257
27 The Business of Sustainable Development 268
28 How Much Is Enough? 273
Pt. 6 From Ecological Conflict to Environmental Security? 279
29 Environmental Scarcities and Violent Conflict: Evidence from Cases 287
30 New Dimensions of Human Security 298
31 The Case Against Linking Environmental Degradation and National Security 304
32 For Whose Benefit? Redefining Security 314
Pt. 7 Ecological Justice 317
33 Statement to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development 325
34 Women, Poverty, and Population: Issues for the Concerned Environmentalist 328
35 Two Agendas on Amazon Development 337
36 Coercing Conservation 343
Notes 353
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