Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Rio

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Excerpts from previously published classic and new essays on global environmental politics offer diverse viewpoints on themes including North American-South American relations, sustainable development, environmental security, climate change, deforestation, and transboundary pollution. Section introductions discuss international relations concepts such as sovereignty, transnationalism, and institutional reform. Useful as supplementary reading for courses in environmental studies and international relations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813325972
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.96 (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

Two Decades of Global Environmental Politics 5
1 The Limits to Growth 25
2 Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries 30
3 The Tragedy of the Commons 38
4 No Tragedy on the Commons 46
5 The Tragedy of the Commons: Twenty-two Years Later 53
6 The Scarcity Society 63
7 Laws, States and Super-States: International Law and the Environment 79
8 The Shadow Ecologies of Western Economies 91
9 Global Technopolitics 94
10 The Green Revolution: The American Environmental Movement, 1962-1992 99
11 The Emergence of the Environmental Movement in Eastern Europe and Its Role in the Revolutions of 1989 107
12 Fight for the Forest 116
13 Ozone Diplomacy 127
14 Ozone Layer Depletion and Global Warming: New Sources for Environmental Disputes 135
15 Skinning Scientific Cats 146
16 Global Warming in an Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism 150
17 Appraising the Earth Summit: How Should We Judge UNCED's Success? 154
18 The Case for Free Trade 172
19 The Perils of Free Trade 180
20 The Emperor's New Clothes: The World Bank and Environmental Reform 188
21 The Role of the World Bank 199
22 Towards Sustainable Development 211
23 Whose Common Future? 222
24 Sustainable Development: A Critical Review 227
25 Environmental Scarcities and Violent Conflict: Evidence from Cases 245
26 Environmental Security: How It Works 256
27 The Case Against Linking Environmental Degradation and National Security 263
28 For Whose Benefit? Redefining Security 273
29 The Need for Eco-Justice 283
30 Statement to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development 287
31 Women, Poverty and Population: Issues for the Concerned Environmentalist 290
32 Two Agendas on Amazon Development 299
Notes 307
About the Book and Editors 328
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