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.
“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