The State and the Global Ecological Crisis

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Countering the current view of many environmental activists that sovereign nations cannot provide effective environmental governance, The State and the Global Ecological Crisis offers analyses and case studies that explore the prospects for "reinstating the state" as a facilitator of progressive environmental change rather than a contributor to environmental destruction. The authors recognize that, despite the new pressures of global economic competition and rapid technological change, the state remains the preeminent institution with the capacity and authority to secure environmental protection. The book explores the possibilities for the "greening" of the state, domestically and internationally,looking at states both as individual governments and in multilateral or regional regimes. It examines cases in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Philippines and analyzes the broader theoretical implications.The first part of the book focuses on domestic environmental governance, with both single and comparative case studies that range from the potential emergence of an "ecological state" paralleling the development of the welfare state to the theory and practice of environmental justice in the United States. The book's second part addresses the role of the state in transnational environmental governance and looks at topics including environmental rights in the European Union, hybrid forms of governance involving both state and nonstate actors, and an alternative foundation for global environmental governance.

Each chapter not only offers a critical analysis of current developments but also identifies new initiatives and opportunities that may accelerate environmental progress.

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What People Are Saying

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"Barry and Eckersley provide an invaluable and timely corrective to the many jeremiads declaring the erosion or collapse of the state in the face of ceaseless globalization. Not content with reviewing and repeating the call to 'bring the state back in', the editors and contributors to this fine volume express the added enthusiasm of developing a critical green theory of the state. This is a much needed and much deferred ambition to which '*The State And The Global Ecological Crisis* represents a powerful, coherent, and lucid original contribution."—Julian Saurin, Department of International Relations and Politics, University of Sussex

"This is an impressive, provocative, and interesting collection of essays. It should be of particluar interest to political scientists and students of science studies and should also appeal to policy analysts, policymakers, and participants in the Conferences of the Parties." —Ronnie Lipschutz, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Eckersley's book will be a significant contribution for those in several subfields of politics — theory, comparative, international — for those concerned about green politics, and for those who work on theories of the state. It is especially significant that she offers critical assessments of both the realist perspective on the environmental crisis and the limits of the greening of the liberal democractic state."—Ronnie Lipschutz, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa CruzPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524353
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Barry is Reader in Green Political Economy, at the School of Politics,International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast.

Robyn Eckersley is Reader/Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (MIT Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents

I The state and domestic environmental governance
1 From welfare state to ecostate 3
2 Out of chaos, a shining star? : toward a typology of green states 25
3 Modernizing the British state : ecological contradictions in new labour's economic strategy 53
4 Green political strategy and the state : combining political theory and comparative history 75
5 Environmental and ecological justice : theory and practice in the United States 97
6 Penitent destroyer? : the Philippine state in pursuit of environmental justice 117
II The state and transnational environmental governance
7 Greening the constitutional state : environmental rights in the European Union 139
8 Greening the nation-state : from exclusive to inclusive sovereignty 159
9 Old states in new bottles? : the hybridization of authority in global environmental governance 181
10 The republican state : an alternative foundation for global environmental governance 207
11 In defense of international environmental cooperation 229
12 W(h)ither the green state? 255
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