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The Politics of the Environment
Ideas, Activism, Policy

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521687454

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  • The continuous rise in the profile of the environment in politics reflects growing concern that we may be facing a large-scale ecological crisis. The new edition of this highly acclaimed textbook surveys the politics of the environment, providing a comprehensive and comparative introduction to its three components: ideas, activism and policy. Part I explores environmental philosophy and green political thought; Part II considers parties and environmental movements; and Part III analyses policy-making and environmental issues at international, national and local levels. This second edition has been thoroughly updated with new and revised discussions of many topics including the ecological state, ecological citizenship, ecological modernisation and the Greens in government and also includes an additional chapter on 'Globalisation, Trade and the Environment'. As well as considering a wide variety of examples from around the world, this textbook features a glossary, guides to further study, chapter summaries and critical questions throughout.

    • Comprehensive introduction to all three components of environmental politics: ideas, activism, policy
    • Comparative coverage throughout the text - draws on examples from many industrialised countries, notably in Western Europe and North America, but also Australasia
    • New edition includes new and revised discussions of many topics and an additional chapter on 'Globalisation, trade and the environment'
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    'Written with enviable clarity and attention to detail … Sample questions, generous reading lists and a meaty bibliography make this a fine and extremely user-friendly pedagogical tool. Read Carter as a valuable device to teach, as well as research, the rapidly expanding field of environmental political science.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'What is outstanding is the depth and breadth of material which is rarely seen in this field of writing. It stands as an excellent introduction to the subject which deserves the widest readership.' British Ecological Society's Teaching Ecology Group Newsletter

    'The scope and coverage of the book is its real strength: it is excellent … exactly what is needed within this field, namely a challenging, stimulating and very rewarding introduction to a complex literature … Carter's book comes very highly recommended and it is now arguably the best book of its type available.' Green Politics Newsletter

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521687454
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.856kg
    • contains: 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Theory: Thinking about the Environment:
    2. Environmental philosophy
    3. Green political thought
    Part II. Parties and Movements: Getting from Here to There:
    4. Green parties: the rise of a new politics?
    5. Party politics and the environment
    6. Environmental groups
    Part III. Environmental Policy: Achieving a Sustainable Society:
    7. The environment as a policy problem
    8. Sustainable development and ecological modernisation
    9. Global environmental politics
    10. Globalisation, trade and the environment
    11. Greening government
    12. Policy instruments and implementation
    13. Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Climate Change Politics and Policy
    • European Environmental Politics and Policy
    • Politics of the Environment
    • Sustainable Development
    • The Politics of Post-Industrial Society
    • Water policy, politics, and development
  • Author

    Neil Carter, University of York
    Neil Carter is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He is co-author of How Organisations Measure Success: The Use of Performance Indicators in Government (with Rudolf Klein and Patricia Day, 1992) and joint editor of the journal Environmental Politics.

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