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Environmental Change and Foreign Policy

Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul G. Harris


256 pages

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Environmental Change and Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice and its companion volume, Climate Change and Foreign Policy: Case Studies from East to West, examine and explain the role of foreign policy politics, processes and institutions in efforts to protect the environment and natural resources. They seek to highlight international efforts to address human-induced changes to the natural environment, analyze the actors and institutions that constrain and shape actions on environmental issues, show how environmental changes influence foreign policy processes, and critically assess environmental foreign policies.

Focusing on theory and practice, this book:

  • Introduces the concepts and theories of Environmental Foreign Policy, providing a theoretical overview as well as addressing the construction of nature, the symbolism of environmental policy, and business and government responses to climate change.
  • Explores the practice of Environmental Foreign Policy, describing how both developed and developing countries have approached a variety of environmental issues, including persistent organic pollutants, water, biodiversity, climate change and the trade-environment nexus.

This book will be of strong interest to scholars and students of environmental policy and politics, foreign policy, public policy, climate change and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Environmental Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice Paul G. Harris Part 1: Theory 2. Theories of Environmental Foreign Policy: Power, Interests, and Ideas John Barkdull and Paul G. Harris 3. The Symbolism of Environmental Policy: Foreign Policy Commitments as Signaling Tools Loren R. Cass 4. Pluralistic Politics and Public Choice: Theories of Business and Government Responses to Climate Change Thomas L. Brewer 5. The Politics of Socionatures: Images of Environmental Foreign Policy Maximilian Mayer and Friedrich J. Arndt Part 2: Practice 6. The Domestication of International Environmental Conventions: Biodiversity in Ugandan Foreign Policy David R. Mutekanga 7. From Local Protest to the International Court of Justice: Forging Environmental Foreign Policy in Argentina Isabella Alcaniz and Ricardo Gutierrez 8. Finnish Environment and Foreign Policy: Supranationalism, Pragmatism, and Consensus Building Mika Merviö 9. Canada's Foreign Policy on Persistent Organic Pollutants: The Making of an Environmental Leader Ken Wilkening and Charles Thrift 10. Greening the Streams: Water in EU and US Foreign Policy Sara Hughes and Lena Partzsch 11. Trade and the Environment: Foreign Policies of Developing Countries in Asia Yohei Harashima 12. Financing for the Environment: Explaining Unequal Burden Sharing Aike Müller 13. Conclusion: Environmental Foreign Policy: Towards a Conceptual Framework Mihaela Papa

About the Editor

Paul G. Harris is Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is author/editor of International Equity and Global Environmental Politics, The Environment, International Relations, and U.S. Foreign Policy, International Environmental Cooperation, Global Warming and East Asia, Confronting Environmental Change in East and Southeast Asia, The Global Politics of AIDS (with Patricia Siplon), Europe and Global Climate Change, Environmental Change and Foreign Policy, Climate Change and Foreign Policy, The Politics of Climate Change, World Ethics and Climate Change, China’s Responsibility for Climate Change, Ethics and Global Environmental Policy, Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in China, the Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics and other books.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General