Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Johannesburg / Edition 3

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The revised and updated third edition of this cutting-edge collection brings together classic readings and important new material on global environmental politics. In selections chosen for their authority and edited to preserve their integrity, Green Planet Blues examines international environmental controversies from a diversity of viewpoints and value orientations, ranging from elite political actors and intergovernmental organizations to social-movement activists and citizens around the world. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice are used to explain topics ranging from deforestation, toxic dumping, and watershed degradation to transboundary pollution and the global commons.Green Planet Blues is an essential part of any course in environmental studies and international relations. This third edition features new material on globalization and the environment, social movement activism, the World Bank, the WTO, 'stakeholder' approaches to international environmental cooperation, and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Each section has been supplemented with critical thinking exercises; and a book-related web site provides links to a wide array of suggested readings and Internet resources.

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What People Are Saying

Carl Pope
Carl Pope, Sierra Club
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.
David W. Orr
David W. Orr, Oberlin 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.
Karen T. Liftin
Karen T. Litfin, University of Washington
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.
Oran Young
Oran Young, Dartmouth College
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813342009
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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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