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Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance

Ethics, Sustainable Development and International Co-Operation, 1st Edition

By Chukwumerije Okereke


234 pages

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This book is an ethical critique of existing approaches to sustainable development and international environmental cooperation, providing a detailed and structured account of the tensions, normative shifts and contradictions that currently characterize it.

With specific focus on three environmental regimes, the volume explores the way various notions of justice feature both implicitly and explicitly in the design of global environmental policies. In so doing, the dominant conceptions of justice that underpin key global environmental policies are identified and criticised on the basis of their compatibility with the normative essence of global sustainable development.

Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance demonstrates that whilst moral norms inflict far greater impact in regime development than is currently acknowledged by orthodox approaches to regime analysis, the core polices remain rooted in two neo-liberal interpretations of justice which undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development and international justice.

It will appeal to students and scholars of politics, philosophy, international relations, geography and law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Setting the Scene 2. Environmental Regimes: Medium for International Distributive Justice 3. Ideas of Justice and Global Environmental Sustainability Part 2: Empirical Analysis of Three Regime Texts 4. Managing a Global Commons: The United Nations Law of the Sea 5. The Global Waste Management Regime: The Basel Convention 6. Protecting the Global Atmosphere: The United Nations Framework Convention on the Climate Change (UNFCCC) Part 3: Exposition and Normative Critique of Dominant Approaches 7. Establishing the Core Ideas of Justice in the Three MEAs 8. A Critique of the Dominant Ideas of Justice in Relation to Sustainable Development 9. Global Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Chukwumerije Okereke is a Senior Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK.

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General