Contemporary Environmental Politics
From Margins to Mainstream
Edited by Piers Stephens, John Barry, Andrew Dobson
Published February 27th 2009 by Routledge – 300 pages
This new collection from the leading journal, Environmental Politics,presents an excellent overview of the key themes found in contemporary green political thought since the early 1990s.
Bringing together the journal's major work, this new book charts a fascinating period in which environmental politics developed from a marginal position in society and the academy, to its current place in the intellectual mainstream.
Subdivided into clear sections on political theory, social movements, political economy and policy questions, and assisted by a contextualising introduction, this volume focuses on a set of clear themes:
As a compilation, this book is unique. It delivers a snapshot of a variety of issues in the field, and is therefore ideally suited to teaching purposes, especially at postgraduate level. In addition, as each section is chronologically arranged, an evolution of related ideas can be clearly seen and appreciated, which builds an excellent understanding of the field of environmental politics
Section 1:- Theory
Chapter 1: Robert E. Goodin, The High Ground is Green
Chapter 2: Ariel Salleh, Social Ecology and the `Man Question’ Chapter 3: Piers H.G. Stephens, Green Liberalisms: Nature, Agency and the Good
Chapter 4: Robert J. Brulle, Habermas and Green Political Thought: Two Roads Converging
Section Two:- Green Movements
Chapter 5: Stephen Rainbow, Why Did New Zealand and Tasmania Spawn the World’s First Green Parties?
Chapter 6: Eric Laferrière, Environmentalism and the Global Divide
Chapter 7: Ben Seel, Strategies of Resistance at the Pollok Free State Road Protest Camp
Section Three:- Green Political Economy
Chapter 8: Robyn Eckersley, Free Market Environmentalism: Friend or Foe?
Chapter 9: John O’Neill, Public Choice, Institutional Economics, Public Codes
Chapter 10: Peter Christoff, Ecological Modernisation, Ecological Modernitie
Section 4:- Policy
Chapter 11: Andrew Blowers and Pieter LeRoy, Power, Politics and Environmental Inequality
Chapter 12: Joyeeta Gupta, The Global Environmental Facility in its North-South Context
Chapter 13: Markus M.L. Crepez, Explaining National variations of Air Pollution Levels: Political Institutions and their Impact on Environmental Policymaking
Chapter 14: Hugh Ward, Citizens’ Juries and Valuing the Environment: A Proposal
Piers Stephens is Lecturer at Michigan State University, USA. John Barry is Acting Director at the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, Queen's University Belfast, UK. Andrew Dobson is Professor and Research Coordinator at the Open University, UK.