International Equity and Global Environmental Politics: Power and Principles in U.S. Foreign Policy

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International environmental equity is an issue that has rapidly gained global significance. Defining this concept as a fair and just distribution of the benefits, burdens, and decision-making authority associated with international environmental relations, this text shows how it has started to permeate global environmental politics and, importantly, U.S. foreign policy. Discussing the implications for the world of embracing - or failing to embrace -international equity, as a core objective of global environmental policy is an essential exercise, which this book undertakes with diligence and vigour. Written in an accessible style, this is essential reading for students of international relations and world politics, global environmental policy and environmental policy and American foreign policy.

Author Biography: Paul G. Harris, Dr, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754617358
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Global Environmental Governance Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Considerations of Equity in International Environmental Politics
1 Introduction: Environment, Equity, and U.S. Foreign Policy 3
2 Defining International Environmental Equity 25
3 The Earth Summit and International Equity 44
4 A History of International Equity in Global Environmental Politics 70
Pt. II International Environmental Equity and U.S. Foreign Policy
5 America's Response to Evolving Themes of International Environmental Equity 91
6 International Environmental Equity and U.S. National Interests 121
7 International Environmental Equity and American Politics 140
8 International Environmental Equity and Altruistic Principles 190
Pt. III Equity, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Future of Global Environmental Politics
9 International Equity and Global Environmental Change: Implications for American Foreign Policy and Humankind 221
10 Conclusion: International Environmental Equity in U.S. Foreign Policy 244
Index 256
About the Author 261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001


    This book (with a foreword by Neil Summerton, director of the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society) examines international environmental equity, which is defined as a fair and just distribution of the benefits, burdens, and decision-making authority associated with international environmental relations. International environmental equity, if made a reality, can help protect the global environment, and it can reduce human suffering. The book defines this concept and shows how it has started to permeate global environmental politics and U.S. foreign policy. But the United States has not done enough to take on its fair share of global environmental burdens. This book explains why. The imperfect U.S. response to the emerging international consensus on environmental equity resulted from concerns about environmental security, America's pluralistic policy-making process, and the subtle influence of the principle of international equity per se. The book goes on to discuss the implications for the world of embracing - or failing to embrace - international equity as a core objective of global environmental policy. Written in an approachable style, it is essential reading for governmental and nongovernmental officials and students of international relations, environmental politics and policy, and American foreign policy. Those who wish to better understand the importance of equity/justice and the United States in shaping future efforts to protect the world's environment will not want to miss this book.

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