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1st Edition

Environmental Policy in India

ISBN 9781032084572
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
276 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book systematically introduces historical trajectories and dynamics of environmental policy and governance in India.

Following the features of environmental policy in India as outlined in Chapter 1, subsequent chapters explore domestic and international factors that shape environmental policy in the country. The chapters examine the interplay between governmental and non-governmental actors, and the influence of social mobilisation and institutions on environmental policy and governance. Analysing various policy trajectories, the chapters identify and explore five central environmental policy subsystems: forests, water, climate, energy and city development. The authors drill down into the social, economic, political and ecological dimensions of each system, shedding light on why striking a balance between national economic growth and environmental sustainability is so challenging.

Drawing on political science theories of policy processes and related theoretical concepts, this innovative edited volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental policy and politics and South Asian studies more broadly.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Institutions and Actors

Chapter 1: Introduction: Environmental Policy in India

Natalia Ciecierska-Holmes, Kirsten Jörgensen, Lana Laura Ollier, D. Raghunandan

Chapter 2: Environmental Competencies in India's Federal System

Winfried Swenden, Rekha Saxena

Chapter 3: The Role India’s States Play in Environmental Policymaking

Kirsten Jörgensen

Chapter 4: Civil Society and State Interaction in Environment Policy in India

Sunayana Ganguly

PART 2: Environmental Policy Subsystems in India

Chapter 5: Forest Governance in India: Achieving Balance within a Complex Policy Subsystem

Smriti Das

Chapter 6: India: Dilemmas of Water Governance

Joyeeta Gupta, Richa Tyagi

Chapter 7: Sustainable Energy: Prospects and Challenges

Kaushik Ranjan Bandyopadhyay, Madhura Joshi, Rainer Quitzow

Chapter 8: Factors Shaping the Climate Policy Process in India

Denise Fernandes, Kirsten Jörgensen, N.C. Narayanan

Chapter 9: Smart Sustainable Cities

Shaleen Singhal, Sourabh Jain

PART 3: India within the Context of Global Environmental Governance

Chapter 10: Factors shaping India’s International Climate Policy

D. Raghunandan

Chapter 11: India’s relations with the European Union on environmental policy

Diarmuid Torney

Chapter 12: Environmental politics in India: Institutions, Actors and Environmental Governance

Natalia Ciecierska Holmes, Kirsten Jörgensen


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Natalia Ciecierska-Holmes is developing her PhD project focusing on gender and climate change adaptation in India. She graduated from the Euromaster programme with a degree in European Studies and Politics from the University of Bath, the Humboldt University Berlin and the Freie University Berlin. She has a background in linguistics, languages and politics and has developed a strong interest in environmental politics and governance in India.

Kirsten Jörgensen is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD in 1996 at Freie Universität Berlin. Her primary fields of interest include comparative environmental politics, European and Indian environmental and climate policy as well as the role of subnational governance. She was coordinator of the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network.

Lana Laura Ollier is a PhD student at the ETH Zürich and works for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has a broad background in environmental politics, economics and law.

D. Raghunandan is the Director of the Centre for Technology & Development at the Society for Economic & Social Studies and the President of All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN). He also volunteers with the Delhi Science Forum where he contributes to research and campaigns in the areas of Environment, Climate Change & Water Resources, Aerospace and Disarmament & Strategic Affairs. He currently leads the AIPSN campaign on climate change, conducts research and modelling exercises, and has published extensively in India and abroad with a focus on India’s climate policy and international negotiations.