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International Ecopolitical Theory: Critical Approaches

Edited By: Eric Lafierre and Peter J Stoett

University of British Columbia Press

Paperback | Nov 2007 | #172464 | ISBN-13: 9780774813228
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Few serious scholars or policymakers believe that the connection between environmental problems and International Relations (IR) can be ignored. The need to explore the links between ecological crises and global politics is commonly conceded. However, while environmental issues have been on the IR agenda for over two decades, many researchers proceed without a clear theoretical map to guide their efforts. Similarly, ecological thinkers are often accused of missing the bigger picture presented by the complexity of IR. This important volume aims to synthesize these two interrelated branches of study within international ecopolitical theory.

"International Ecopolitical Theory" assembles some of the top thinkers in the field to provide an invaluable overview of the main critical approaches to global environmental politics. Guided by questions of how to better understand the ecological predicaments of our time and the global dimensions of the environmental policy questions they raise, this book is a major contribution to fostering a new approach to IR and ecological theory.


1. Introduction: Exploring International Ecopolitical Theory / Eric Laferriere and Peter J. Stoett; 2. Environmental Security: Ecology or International Relations? / Simon Dalby; 3. The Place of History in International Relations and Ecology: Discourses of Environmentalism in the Colonial Era / Rosalind Warner; 4. From Economics to Ecology: Toward New Theory for International Environmental Politics / Neil E. Harrison; 5. Nietzsche's Conception of Life as Overcoming: Implications for Managing Ecosystems / Denis Madore; 6. Ecology and Critical Theories: A Problematic Synthesis / Eivind Hovden; 7. IR Theory, Green Political Theory, and Critical Approaches: What Prospects? / Martin Weber; 8. Social Constructivism, International Relations Theory and Ecology / Paul Williams; 9. Concluding Thoughts and Directions / Eric Laferriere and Peter J. Stoett.

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Eric Laferriere is co-chair of the Department of Humanities, Philosophy and Religion and co-coordinator of the Liberal Arts Program at John Abbott College. Peter J. Stoett is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University and author of The International Politics of Whaling.

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