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Ideas and Actions in the Green Movement

1st Edition

By Brian Doherty


288 pages

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The 'Western' green movement has grown rapidly in the last three decades: green ministers are in government in several European countries, Greenpeace has millions of paying supporters, and green direct action against roads, GM crops, the WTO and neo-liberalism, have become ubiquitous.

The author argues that 'greens' share a common ideological framework but are divided over strategy. Using social movement theory and drawing on research from many countries, he shows how the green movement became more differentiated over time, as groups had to face the task of deciding what kind of action was appropriate.

In the breadth of its coverage and its novel focus on the relationship between green ideas and action, this book makes an important contribution to the understanding of green politics.


'This book has some significant strengths: a broad political imagination, a refreshing ability to draw together comparisons between different forms of green political activity, and a useful sense of the different trajectories of green movements. It also presents some engaging case-study material.' - Environment and Planning A, David Featherstone, University of Liverpool

About the Author

Brian Doherty is a Lecturer in Politics at Keele University, and also a member of the UK Green Party. He has published widely on green ideas, parties and movements. Previous publications include Democracy and Green Political Thought (co-edited with Marius de Geus) and Direct Action in British Environmentalism (co-edited with Ben Seel and Matthew Patterson)

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 / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography