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Beyond Borders

Environmental Movements and Transnational Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Brian Doherty, Timothy Doyle


214 pages

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Globalisation is about transnational politics. While nation-state governments increasingly struggle with this new politics, which moves beneath, between and beyond national borders, others entities like transnational corporations have flourished. But it is not just business which increasingly bypasses these traditional boundaries. Environmental groups are also moving though this transnational space, and their politics are defined by such qualities as fluidity, ambiguity and rapid changes in identity, mission and structure. In this book, the politics of environmental movements are presented as particularly salient examples of these new phenomena.

Drawing on fieldwork from Europe, Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East, the contributors address a range of trans-national processes: efforts to construct common agendas transnationally; the diffusion of new repertoires of environmental protest; the role of environmental groups in the construction of new modes of environmental governance; how neo-liberalism affects local environmental activism; evidence of transnational influences and pressures on environmental politics in repressive regimes; and the dilemmas of defining questions of environmental justice and post-colonial environmental politics without suppressing the differences between environmentalism in different countries.

Table of Contents

1) Beyond Borders: Transnational Politics, Social Movements and Modern Environmentalism - Brian Doherty and Timothy Doyle

2) Expanding the Green Public Space: Post-colonial connections - Douglas Togerson

3) Non-governmental organizations and Governance States: The Impact of Transnational Environmental Management Networks in Madagascar - Rosaleen Duffy

4) Traversing more than Speed Bumps: Green Politics under Authoritarian Regimes in Burma and Iran - Timothy Doyle and Adam Simpson

5) Facing South? British Environment Movement Organizations and the Challenge of Globalisation - Christopher Rootes

6) Neither 'North' nor 'South': The Environment and Civil Society in Post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina - Adam Fagan

7) Transnational Influences on Patterns of Mobilization Within Environmental Movements in Hungary - Szabina Kerenyi and Mate Szabo

8) Vulnerability and Disobedience: New Repertoires in French Environmental Protests - Graeme Hayes

9) Entangled Logics and Grassroots: Imagineres of Global Justice Networks - Paul Routledge, Corinne Nativel and Andrew Cumbers

10) Friends of the Earth International: Negotiating a Transnational Identity - Brian Doherty

11) Green Public Spheres and the Green Governance State: The Politics of Emancipation and Ecological Conditionality - Timothy Doyle and Brian Doherty

About the Editors

Brian Doherty is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Keele University. He teaches courses on social movements, political sociology and environmental politics. His recent publications include Ideas and Actions in the Green Movement, and Direct Action in British Environmentalism (co-edited with Ben Seel and Mat Paterson). He has been active in environmental and peace groups In Britain and Ireland since the early 1980s.

Timothy Doyle is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Keele University, where he teaches global political economy and environmental politics. His most recent works include the books: Environment and Politics, (third edition); Environmental Movements in Minority and Majority Worlds: A Global Perspective and Crucible for Survival: Environmental Justice and Security in the Indian Ocean Region. He has been a dedicated environmental and human rights activist since the late 1970s. He is currently serving as President of the Ecopolitical Association of Australasia, and Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group.

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy