Nature, State and Economy: A Political Economy of the Environment, 2nd Ed. / Edition 2

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Overview

Environmental problems are pressing issues in all parts of the world and are high on many political agendas. But why do those problems exist; why are they getting worse; why is the state so frequently called upon to tackle them; and why does it so often fail? Some people in the world enjoy very high material standards of living, and very many more aspire to join them and to ensure such high standards for their children. This will increase pressure on the environment. Is such development sustainable? Can the Earth cope? These questions are at the heart of the second edition of Ron Johnston's book. In addressing them, his focus is not on the science of the environment, but rather on the science of society. Unless we appreciate how society works, and in particular how states operate and the constraints within which they conduct their business, we cannot realistically tackle the fundamental issues of sustainable development. Solving current environmental problems and preventing the emergence of others can only be achieved by collective action, but the limits to this set by contemporary capitalism are many and restrictive. This second edition provides an excellent update for students of all disciplines of social science, environmental science and environmental studies.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471966715
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/12/1996
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Environmental Systems 15
3 Modes of Production 49
4 Resources, Land and Environmental Use 83
5 Collective Action and the State 129
6 State Operations and Environmental Problems 171
7 And the Future? 241
References 257
Index 271
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