8th Edition

Global Environmental Politics

By Pamela Chasek, David Downie Copyright 2021
    342 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Global Environmental Politics has provided an accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased understanding of the world’s most pressing environmental issues for thirty years. The eighth edition continues this practice by covering critical new developments in global environmental politics and policymaking.

    Updated case studies on key issues such as on climate change, endangered species, ozone depletion, desertification, whaling, hazardous wastes, toxic chemicals, and biodiversity detail the ongoing development of major environmental treaty regimes, and new case studies on mercury and marine biodiversity showcase the challenges of creating new treaties during a period of significant global change. There is also new material on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, trade and environment, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental diplomacy. Updated information about global environmental trends, paradigms, and actors completes this comprehensive introduction to contemporary international environmental politics.

    Global Environmental Politics is vital reading for students of environmental politics and anyone wishing to understand the current state of the field and to make informed decisions about which policies will best safeguard our environment for the future.

    1 The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics 

    Global Macrotrends

    An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics

    International Regimes in Global Environmental Politics

    Paradigms in Global Environmental Politics


    2 Actors in the Environmental Arena 

    Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interests

    Intergovernmental Organizations

    Scientific Bodies

    Treaty Secretariats

    International Financial Institutions

    Regional and Other Multilateral Organizations

    Nongovernmental and Civil Society Organizations

    Business and Industry


    3 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Stratospheric Ozone, Hazardous Waste, Toxic Chemicals, and Climate Change

    Stratospheric Ozone Depletion

    Climate Change

    Hazardous Waste

    Toxic Chemicals



    4 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitats 

    Biodiversity Loss

    Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

    International Trade in Endangered Species


    Desertification and Land Degradation


    5 Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunities

    Obstacles to Creating Effective Environmental Regimes

    Obstacles to Effective National Implementation of and Compliance with Global Environmental Regimes

    Opportunities to Improve Effective Implementation and Compliance

    Increasing and Improving Financial and Technical Assistance


    6 Environmental Politics and Sustainable Development 

    North-South Relations, the Environment, and Sustainable Development

    Changing Economic Realities

    Balancing the Environment and Sustainable Development Agendas


    7 The Future of Global Environmental Politics

    Global Environmental Governance in a Changing International System

    The Continuing Evolution of Global Environmental Governance

    Conclusion: The Prospects for Global Environmental Politics


    Pamela S. Chasek is a professor of political science at Manhattan College. She is the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on environment and development negotiations. She is also the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals, The Roads from Rio, The Global Environment in the 21st Century, and Earth Negotiations.

    David L. Downie is a professor in the environmental studies program and department of politics at Fairfield University. Prior to Fairfield, he taught graduate courses in environmental policy and helped to direct a number of educational programs at Columbia University. He has attended nearly 100 global environmental negotiations since 1990 and is the author of numerous publications on the creation and content of international environmental policy.

    "For 30 years scholars have turned to Global Environmental Politics to understand the depth and range of environmental issues addressed by sustainable development diplomacy. This latest edition arrives at the beginning of a critical decade of delivery against agreed Sustainable Development Goals. Compound crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are upon us. The institutions and mechanisms we have use to cooperate are threatened by the benign neglect of friends, outright attack of populist enemies and the complexity of issues and actors. This 8th edition is, therefore, an essential volume for every student interested in how we can live within planetary boundaries in societies and economies that work for everyone." - Rachel Kyte CMG, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

    Praise for Prior Editions:

    "The latest edition of Global Environmental Politics by Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges ... This text is an essential edition to any collection." - "Choice."

    "The definitive textbook in its field ... Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike." - Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University.

    "Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.... A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum." - "International Journal of Environment & Pollution."

    "Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage. Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects Highly recommended as an undergraduate textbook." - "Environmental Politics."

    "This is the definitive text for students seeking to understand the actors, institutions, and political dynamism of contemporary international environmental policy. The book’s particular strengths are its case studies and thorough updating." - Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University.

    "A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations. It deserves to attract an extensive readership." - "Political Studies."