2nd Edition

Global Environmental Politics Concepts, Theories and Case Studies

Edited By Gabriela Kütting, Kyle Herman Copyright 2018
    282 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Global Environmental Politics is the perfect introduction to this increasingly significant area. This fully revised and updated new edition combines an accessible introduction to the most important environmental theories and concepts with a series of detailed case studies of the most pressing environmental problems.

    Features and benefits of the book:

    • Explains the most important concepts and theories in environmental politics;
    • Introduces environmental politics within the context of political science and international relations theories;
    • Demonstrates how the concepts and theories apply in a wide variety of real world contexts;
    • New case study chapters on the role of technology, the role of China, endangered species, biodiversity and the politics of conservation, the politics of food, forests, and the politics of waste;
    • Each chapter is written by an established international authority in the field;
    • Fully up to date with the latest topics such as climate change negotiations, transnational governance, new indicators for sustainable development goals and much more;
    • More in-text support, such as end of chapter web links and discussion questions.

    This exciting textbook is essential reading for all students of environmental politics and will be of key interest to students of international relations and political economy.

    Introduction [Gabriela Kütting and Kyle Herman]

    Part I

    1. International Relations Theory and the Environment [John Vogler]

    2. Transnational Actors in Global Environmental Politics [Lucy Ford]

    3. Global Political Economy and Development [Thomas Hickmann and Markus Lederer]

    4. Environmental Security [Hannah Hughes]

    5. Sustainable Consumption [Doris Fuchs]

    6. International Environmental and Ecological Justice [Tim Ehresman and Dimitris Stevis]

    Part II

    7. Climate Change: Science, international cooperation and global environmental politics [Paul G. Harris]

    8. As China Goes, So Goes the Planet: The Environmental Implications of the Rise of China [Judith Shapiro]

    9. The Role of Technology in the Global Environment [Kyle S. Herman]

    10. The Politics of Energy and the environment: bridging the divide [Maria Julia Trombetta]

    11. Endangered Species, Biodiversity and the Politics of Conservation [Alice B. M. Vadrot]

    12. The Global Politics of Food System Sustainability [Wendy Godek]

    13. Forest Politics, Neoliberalism and the Limits of International Environmental Policy [David Humphries]


    Gabriela Kütting is Graduate Program Director and Professor at Rutgers University, USA.

    Kyle Herman is a Researcher at the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, USA.

    "This comprehensively revised and updated version of the book provides a wide-ranging and accessible guide to the key actors, issues and processes in Global Environmental Politics. From case studies on climate change, forests, food and biodiversity through to key topics such as security, justice, technology and consumption, it will be of immense value to students wanting to understand, explain and engage with the rapidly changing world of environmental politics." - Peter Newell, University of Sussex, UK.

    "The pressure on the global environment is still alarming and global environmental politics remains an extremely dynamic and contested field. Therefore, credit is due to Gabriela Kütting and Kyle Herman for editing this updated volume which introduces us to key approaches and important issues. The volume presents important insights for students and includes many suggestions for research and politics which lay ahead. Further, it shows convincingly that justice plays an increasingly important role in global environmental policy making." - Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna, Austria.

    "This is an up-to-date and accessible introduction to global environmental politics. The concepts are well explained and presented in a logical sequence. The various chapters, written by highly regarded experts in the field, provide a coherent mix of solid theoretical background and cutting edge case studies. I will definitely be recommending it to my students." - Chukwumerije Okereke, University of Reading, UK.