Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice / Edition 3

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Overview

The book is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and issues vital to the understanding of environmental problems and their political solutions. The authors investigate the people, movements and organisations involved in the shaping of environmental policy and the barriers hindering the development and introduction of successful solutions to environmental problems.

This textbook is an invaluable and accessible resource for students studying environmental politics and environmental studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Editorial Reviews

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Politics and the Environment has long been a crucial text for introducing the key elements of environmental politics. In this third edition, the authors provide an excellent updated account of these debates. They range nimbly over the main philosophical underpinnings of environmental debates and the movements driving forward these debates, as well as discuss in detail the responses of political institutions at a variety of levels, from global to local, to environmental problems. Students in the field will come away informed and enriched.

Matthew Paterson, University of Ottawa, Canada

The third edition of this indispensable guide will satisfy both the absolute beginner and the more experienced observer of environmental politics. Fully updated, it steers a deft course between introducing the field and contributing to it, and there is a welcome determination throughout to treat environmental issues as practical problems rather than theoretical curiosities.

Professor Andrew Dobson, Keele University, UK

This expanded edition includes the politics of climate change and expanded coverage of environmental movements and protests. It is a well-balanced introduction to the subject and I highly recommend it.

Christopher Rootes, Professor of Environmental Politics and Political Sociology, University of Kent, UK.

Praise for the previous editions:

'This book is by far and away the best undergraduate introductory textbook yet written on environmental politics.' - John Barry, Environmental Politics

'..an excellent text which deserves the highest readership.' - Dr Paul S. Ganderton, British Ecological Society

'...this book is not only a student reference book but is also very useful for all those interested in the difficult subject of politics and the environment.' - International Journal of Sustainable Development

'Not many books establish themselves as classics in such a short space of time. This one has. All the breadth, depth, lucidity and originality of the first edition are present in this fully updated and uprated second one. If there's a bookshelf or a reading list without Politics and the Environment now is the time to put things right.' - Andrew Dobson, Open University, UK

'An excellent textbook, offering the best introduction to environmental politics currently on the market.' - Tim S. Gray, University of Newcastle, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415572118
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Series: Environmental Politics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 440

Meet the Author

Graham Smith is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton.

James Connelly is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull.

David Benson Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Environmental Politics? Part 1: Environmental Thought and Political Action 1. Environmental Philosophy 2. Green Ideology 3. The Environmental Movement Part 2: The Background to Environmental Policy 4. Rationality and Power in Environmental Policy Making 5. Choosing the Means 6. Valuation of the Environment Part 3: Environmental Governance: Global to Local 7. International Dimensions 8. European Integration 9. National Responses 10. Local Authorities

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