British Politics and the Environment

British Politics and the Environment

by John McCormick

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Britain has an immense range of environmental law and the reputation for largely ignoring it. John McCormick describes the fascinating story of the political growth of that law, and the pressures, the compromises, the parliamentary and civil service opportunism that allowed the edifice to grow over the greater part of a century. He tells the story of the absolute change in political climate over the last ten years and deciphers the nature of Thatcher's ''conversion'' to greenery. He explains why everyone who cared about the environment became embattled and, above all, how the old methods of sensible compromise were banished, probably for ever, not least because of the government's obsession with secrecy. What, then, are the new political means of compelling change on a reluctant parliament? Everything is at stake from welfare to water, from forests to fishing. Where are we now? What are the likely pressures, both internal and from Europe and the rest of the world, to make Britain pass more environmentally sound laws and, perhaps more importantly, to observe them? McCormick provides a gripping picture of the central issues, of the system and of the battleground. Originally published in 1991

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ISBN-13: 9781134060016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Environmentalism and Politics Set
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 547 KB

About the Author

John McCormick is associate professor of political science at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University. He worked for a number of years during the 1980s for British environmental groups and is author of several books including The Global Environmental Movement (2nd edition, 1995) and The European Union: Politics and Policy (1996).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Environmental Policy in Britain 2. The Environmental Lobby 3. Thatcherism and the Environment 4. Environmental Groups and the Countryside 5. Privatization and Pollution 6. The New Green Society 7. The Environment and the European Community 8. The Changing Environmental Lobby 9. Environmental Politics in Britain Notes Index

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