1st Edition

Contemporary Environmental Politics From Margins to Mainstream

Edited By Piers Stephens, John Barry, Andrew Dobson Copyright 2006
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


    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.