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Global Environmental Politics

Concepts, Theories and Case Studies

Edited by Gabriela Kütting

© 2011 – Routledge

202 pages

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Global Environmental Politics is the perfect introduction to this increasingly significant area. The text 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.
  • Case studies include the most important environmental issues from climate change and biodiversity to forests and marine pollution.
  • Each chapter is written by an established international authority in the field.


This exciting new textbook is essential reading all students of environmental politics and will be of great interest to students of International Relations and Political Economy.


The contributions in Gabriela Kütting´s volume explore institutionalist and critical approaches to global environmental politics. The volume presents important insights for students and gives many hints for research and politics which lay ahead. The volume shows convincingly that justice plays an increasingly important role in global environmental policy making. - Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna, Austria

"This text reminds readers that global environmental politics is a vibrant and evolving field of study. The book surveys a diverse set of ideas even as it focuses deserved attention on some of the most interesting and pressing problems of the day, including climate change, deforestation, and biological diversity. Perhaps most impressively, even as the text examines the tangible ecological costs of poverty, overconsumption, and inequality, it does not dodge difficult ethical and political questions concerning social justice and legitimate governance." - Rodger A. Payne, University of Louisville, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction Section 1 1. International Relations Theory and the Environment John Vogler 2. Transnational Actors in Global Environmental Politics Lucy Ford 3. Environment and Global Political Economy Jennifer Clapp 4. Environmental Security Shlomi Dinar 5. Consumption Doris Fuchs & Frederike Boll 6. International Environmental Justice Timothy Ehresman & Dimitris Stevis Section 27. Climate Change Paul G. Harris 8. Marine Pollution Peter Jacques 9. Forest Politics David Humphreys 10. Biodiversity Antje Brown 11. Agriculture Marc Williams 12. Persistant Organic Pollutants and Pesticides Peter Hough 13. Conclusion

About the Editor

Gabriela Kutting is a Professor at the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers-Newark University, USA

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