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Environmentalism in the United States
Changing Patterns of Activism and Advocacy

ISBN 9780415483940
Published October 15, 2008 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Environmentalism – defined here as activism aimed at protecting the environment or improving its condition – is undergoing significant change in the United States. Under attack from the current administration and direct questioning from its own ranks, environmentalism in the US is at a crossroads. This special issue will explore the changing patterns of and challenges to environmentalism in the contemporary US. More specifically, it will examine the following dynamics:

· the re-conceptualisation of core ideas and strategies defining US environmentalism;

· questions of identity and relations with other advocacy groups (including labour, global justice and women’s groups);

· institutional change (especially the shift away from regulatory policies and approaches);

· the expanding arenas of activism, to both above and below the state;

· environmentalists’ response to Bush administration policies and priorities.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Perspectives on American environmentalism  David Schlosberg and Elizabeth Bomberg
  2. Producing political climate change: the hidden life of US environmentalism  Philip Brick and R. McGreggor Cawley
  3. Populism, paternalism and the state of environmentalism in the US  John M. Meyer
  4. The environmentalist: 'what is to be done?'  William Chaloupka
  5. Ecological modernisation, American style  David Schlosberg and Sara Rinfret
  6. Living environmentalisms: coalition politics, social reproduction, and environmental justice  Giovanna Di Chiro
  7. Radical environmentalism in an age of antiterrorism  Steve Vanderheiden
  8. Failure and opportunity: environmental groups in US climate change policy  Gary Bryner
  9. US environmentalism in comparative perspective  Elizabeth Bomberg and David Schlosberg

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Elizabeth Bomberg is Senior Lecturer in Politics and the University of Edinburgh.

David Schlosberg is Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University.