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Green Political Theory

By: RE Goodin

Polity Press

Paperback | Sep 1992 | #18791 | ISBN: 0745610277
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Hardback | Dec 1992 | #18790 | ISBN: 0745610269
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A full-length discussion of the green political movement, which Goodin argues is informed by a single, coherent moral vision. `A critical reconstruction of green political thinking, crisply written and very accessible...full of arguments that any green should think hard about'.

'A critical reconstruction of green political thinking, crisply written and very accessible ... full of arguments that any green should think hard about.' Onora O'Neill, Newnham College, Cambridge '... A useful introduction to green literature. This book makes an invaluable contribution to the study and practice of green politics' Political Science 'Goodin's green theory of value is the impressive intellectual centrepiece of his book and it deserves a great deal of attention. No less important, though, is his radical distinction between value and agency ... Two substantial talking points are more than we get from most books, and I hope that this one is read widely.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Goodin's elaboration of the green theory of value is courageous and challenging.' Political Quarterly 'This book scores highly for readability and analytical clarity. It brings a structure to green political thought that anyone studying the theoretical or practical problems of green politics would do well to consider.' Radical Philosophy 'Combines clear thinking with ecological commitment. Green Political Theory is a novel and thought provoking book.' Times Literary Supplement


Preface. Part I: What's New?: 1. The Issues. 2. The Arguments. 3. The Organizations. 4. The Thesis. Part II: A Green Theory of Value: 5. The Good and the Valuable. 6. A Taxonomy of Theories of Value. 7. History and Process as Sources of Value. 8. Naturalness as a Source of Value. 9. Humanity and Nature. 10. Green Corollaries. 11. Green Heresies. Part III: The Unity of the Green Programme: 12. Single-issue Groups versus Catch-all Parties. 13. A Unified Moral Vision. 14. Claims of Consistency. 15. Brown Evasions. 16. Weighing Countervailing Values. 17. Compromising Green Values. Part IV: 18. Theories of Value and Theories of Agency 19. Principles of Green Political Action. 20. Principles of Green Party Organization. 21. Principles of Green Political Structures. 22. Conclusion. Part V: Conclusions: 23. The Fate of Green Politics. 24. The Fate of the Earth. Appendix: The Green Political Programme. References. Index.

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Robert E. Goodin has written a number of books on political theory, public policy and applied ethics. He is also the founding Editor of the new Journal of Political Philosophy and was previously co--editor of the British Journal of Political Science.

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