The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy

The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy

by Neil Carter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521470374

ISBN-13: 9780521470377

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A comparative introduction to environmental ideas, activism, and policy. Carter (politics, U. of York, UK) explores environmental philosophy and green political thought, assessing the relationship between "green ideas" and other political doctrines; considers parties and movements, including the development of green parties from protest movements and the response of

Overview

A comparative introduction to environmental ideas, activism, and policy. Carter (politics, U. of York, UK) explores environmental philosophy and green political thought, assessing the relationship between "green ideas" and other political doctrines; considers parties and movements, including the development of green parties from protest movements and the response of established political parties to environmental challenges; and analyzes public policy- making and environmental issues at the local, national, and international levels. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521470377
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Figuresx
Tablesxi
Boxesxii
Acknowledgementsxiv
Abbreviationsxv
Glossaryxvii
1Introduction1
Part ITheory: Thinking about the Environment
2Environmental Philosophy13
Staking out the territory14
Holistic perspectives19
Moral extensionism26
Conclusion: breaking down the anthropocentric-ecocentric divide35
3Green Political Thought40
The central ideas of ecologism41
Traditional political ideologies and the green challenge63
Neither left nor right, but in front?72
Part IIParties and Movements: Getting from Here to There
4Green Parties: The Rise of a New Politics?83
Green party electoral performance: an overview84
Is there a new politics?86
The political opportunity structure and green party success95
Whatever happened to the environment?104
Conclusion105
5Party Politics and the Environment107
Green parties in Parliament108
The 'greening' of established parties115
Explaining party politicisation124
Conclusion127
6Environmental Groups130
The environmental movement: an audit131
A typology of environmental groups133
The institutionalisation of the environmental movement135
The resurgence of grassroots environmentalism141
A new civic politics?146
The impact of the environmental movement150
Conclusion153
Part IIIEnvironmental Policy: Achieving a Sustainable Society
7The Environment as a Policy Problem161
Core characteristics of the environment as a policy problem162
The traditional policy paradigm169
Political obstacles to change170
Achieving policy change178
Conclusion191
8Sustainable Development and Ecological Modernisation194
Sustainable development195
Ecological modernisation: the practical solution?211
Conclusion221
9International Environmental Politics224
The paradox of international co-operation226
Environmental regimes: the ozone and climate change treaties228
Accounting for regimes237
Implementation244
International environmental politics and sustainable development249
Conclusion253
10Greening Government256
Integration257
Planning271
Democracy and participation278
Conclusion282
11Policy Instruments and Implementation284
Regulation and regulatory styles286
Voluntary action292
Government expenditure294
Market-based instruments295
Policy instruments and climate change303
Conclusion310
12Conclusion315
References323
Index348

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