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The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy


By: Neil Carter

361 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2007 | Edition: 2 | #165664 | ISBN-13: 9780521687454
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Hardback | Apr 2007 | Edition: 2 | #165663 | ISBN-13: 9780521868020
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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.

'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


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.

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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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