Green activism played a critical role in the downfall of Soviet-style communism in Eastern Europe at the end of the 1980s. After the revolutions, environmentalists were expected to exert influence within the new democracies and to form the bedrock of the new civil societies that were predicted to flourish across the region; the prospect of EU membership provided activist networks with even greater optimism about their political opportunities. Two decades later what has been the impact of political and economic liberalisation on environmental campaigners and policy advocates? Has access to elites increased with democratisation and Europeanization? To what extent does the realm of environmental politics, within individual states and across the region, continue to represent an optic on change and continuity?
Through country case-studies and comparative analysis of national movements, this edited volume addresses each of these questions and provides a different perspective of green politics in the region.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.
1. Environmental Mobilisation and Organisations in Post-Socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union JoAnn Carmin and Adam Fagan 2. Environmental Organisations and the Europeanisation of Public Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Case of Biodiversity Governance Tanja Börzel and Aron Buzogány 3. Externally Sponsored Contention: The Channelling of Environmental Movement Organisations in the Czech Republic after the Fall of Communism Ondřej Císař 4. Between Transnationalism and State Power: The Development of Russia’s Post-Soviet Environmental Movement Laura A. Henry 5. Transnational Environmental Activism in Central Asia: The Coupling of Domestic Law and International Conventions Erika Weinthal and Kate Watters 6. Environmental Politics in the Western Balkans: River Basin Management and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Activity in Herzegovina Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar 7. The Environmental Issue in the East of Europe: Top–Down, Bottom–Up and Outside–In Michael Waller