1st Edition

Environmental Governance Power and Knowledge in a Local-Global World

Edited By Gabriela Kütting, Ronnie Lipschutz Copyright 2009
    240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection makes a highly significant critical contribution to the field of environmental politics. It argues that the international-level, institutionalist approach to global environmental politics has run its course, employed solely by powerful actors in order to orchestrate and manipulate local communities within a continuing hegemonic system.

    The outstanding international line-up of contributors to this volume explore the real advances that are being made in the areas were the local and global intersect and how power fits into the equation. They explore the relationship between governance, power and knowledge, using power as the main analytical tool.

    The contributors adopt a variety of approaches and perspectives – some starting from the local level and shifting upward to the global, and some using a global perspective that narrows down to the local. Some chapters explore specific case studies and others employ a more conceptual framework – but all of them bring a new dimension to the relationship between power and knowledge in environmental governance. Power here is explored in all its guises – from relational to structural power.

    An important and timely exploration of a topic at the forefront of global debate, Environmental Governance is essential reading for all students of global environmental politics, international political economy and international relations.

    1. Introduction  Part 1: Power, knowledge and environmental governance from a conceptual perspective  2. Situating Knowledges, Spatializing Communities, and Sizing Contradictions: The Challenge of Globality and Locality in Environmental Governance Tim Luke  3. Ecological expertise Ralf Brand & Andy Karvonen  4. Power, knowledge and ocean governance from a historical perspective Peter Jacques  Part 2: From the local to the global  5. Multi-level-governance and the question of scale – the concept of Landscape Governance Christoph Görg & Felix Rauschmayer  6. The Internationalized  State: Functions and Modes of Regulation of Genetic Resources Uli Brand  7. Ecological Praxis: The Global Ecovillage Movement and the Scientific Ontology of Interbeing Karen Litfin  Part 3: From the global to the local  8. Water for All! The Power of the World Bank and its Transnational Policy Networks Michael Goldman  9. Global Institutions and Environmental Change: moving beyond land-use-cover-change Tim Forsyth 10.  Global Assistance for Local Environmental Movements: The Politics of Capacity-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina Adam Fagan  11. Conclusions


    Gabriela Kütting is Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in Newark. Her research interests lie in the field of global environmental politics and she is the author of ‘Environment, society and International Relations’ (Routledge 2000) and ‘Globalization and environment, greening global political economy’ (SUNY Press 2004).

    Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent books are The Constitution of Imperium (Paradigm, 2008) and Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for the Rest of Us? (Routledge, 2005).


    This book adds a strong dose of political ecology to conversations about global environmental governance. It provides an engaging collection of wide-ranging essays about the relationships among power, scale, and competing forms of knowledge, and features chapters from several of Europe’s and America’s most creative critical thinkers about environmental politics.”

    Ken Conca, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, USA

    “This book reveals how power circulates through some of our most promising efforts at environmental protection. By revealing the linkages between knowledge, space and place, it demonstrates that environmental governance is not simply a matter of organizing collective life to address specific problems but often involves reproducing the very obstacles we must overcome. Theoretically sophisticated, imaginatively conceived and provocative in its conclusions, this book offers a virtual roadmap for the critical school of environmental studies.”

    Paul Wapner, American University, USA


    'The book’s strength lies in the way in which it identifies the challenge presented by the creation and privileging of knowledge in global environmental governance. Examining issues of scale has become increasingly important, as knowledge is created and formed at multiple levels.' - Thomas O'Brien, Millennium - Journal of International Studies 2011 40: 221