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Contemporary Environmental Politics

From Margins to Mainstream, 1st Edition

Edited by Piers Stephens, John Barry, Andrew Dobson


300 pages

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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:

  • the character of green political theory
  • relationships with other political traditions and theories
  • origins and dynamics of contemporary environmental politics
  • differences, similarities and tensions between the North and South
  • the relationship of environmentalism to market economics and ecological modernization
  • environmental aspects of distributive justice at the local, national and global levels
  • the roles, value and valuing of nature in green theory and institutional practice.

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

Table of Contents


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

About the Editors

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.

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy