2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics

Edited By Paul G. Harris Copyright 2022
    644 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    644 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook brings together leading international academic experts to provide a comprehensive and authoritative survey of global environmental politics.

    Fully revised, updated and expanded to 45 chapters, the book:

    • Describes the history of global environmental politics as a discipline and explains the various theories and perspectives used by scholars and students to understand it
    • Examines the key actors and institutions in global environmental politics, explaining the roles of states, international organizations, regimes, international law, foreign policy institutions, domestic politics, corporations and transnational actors
    • Addresses the ideas and themes shaping the practice and study of global environmental politics, including sustainability, consumption, expertise, uncertainty, security, diplomacy, North-South relations, globalization, justice, ethics, public participation and citizenship
    • Assesses the key issues and policies within global environmental politics, including energy, climate change, ozone depletion, air pollution, acid rain, transport, persistent organic pollutants, hazardous wastes, rivers, wetlands, oceans, fisheries, marine mammals, biodiversity, migratory species, natural heritage, forests, desertification, food and agriculture

    This second edition includes new chapters on plastics, climate change, energy, earth system governance and the Anthropocene. It is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, researchers and practitioners of environmental politics, environmental studies, environmental science, geography, globalization, international relations and political science.

    Chapter 19 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Global environmental politics: charting the domain

    Paul G. Harris

    Part II: Explaining and understanding global environmental politics

    2. The discipline of global environmental politics: a short history

    Loren R. Cass

    3. Mainstream theories: realism, rationalism and revolutionism

    John Vogler

    4. Alternative theories: constructivism, Marxism, critical theory and feminism

    Hayley Stevenson

    5. The study of global environmental politics: strategies for research and learning

    Juliann Emmons Allison and Thomas Hickmann

    6. Advanced scholarship: interdisciplinary research at the science–policy interface

    Peter M. Haas, Ronald B. Mitchell and Leandra R. Gonçalves

    Part III: Actors and institutions in global environmental politics

    7. States: nations, sovereignty and the international system

    Hugh C. Dyer

    8. International organizations: global and regional environmental cooperation

    Kate O’Neill

    9. International environmental regimes: formation, effectiveness, trends and challenges

    Peter Suechting and Mary E. Pettenger

    10. International environmental law: sources, principles and innovations

    David B. Hunter

    11. Environmental foreign policy: crossovers among levels of governance

    Mihaela Papa

    12. Comparative environmental politics: contributions from an emerging field

    Stacy D. VanDeveer, Paul F. Steinberg, Jeannie L. Sowers and Erika Weinthal

    13. Corporations: business and industrial influence

    Kyla Tienhaara

    14. Transnational actors: Nongovernmental organizations, civil society and individuals

    Christian Downie

    Part IV: Ideas and themes in global environmental politics

    15. The Anthropocene: rethinking humanity's role in the earth system

    Peter Stoett and Simon Dalby

    16. Sustainability: from ideas to action in international relations

    Jon Marco Church, Andrew Tirrell, William R. Moomaw and Olivier Ragueneau

    17. Consumption: institutions and actors

    Gabriela Kütting

    18. Expertise: specialized knowledge in environmental politics and sustainability

    Andrew Karvonen and Ralf Brand

    19. Uncertainty: risk, technology and the future

    Jennifer Yarnold, Ray Maher, Karen Hussey and Stephen Dovers

    20. Environmental security: international scope, national regimes and the human dimension

    Sabina W. Lautensach and Alexander K. Lautensach

    21. Earth system governance: world politics in the post-environmental age

    Frank Biermann

    22. Environmental diplomacy: international conferences and negotiations

    Radoslav S. Dimitrov

    23. North–South relations: colonialism, empire and international order

    Shangrila Joshi

    24. Globalization and the environment: economic changes and challenges

    Lada V. Kochtcheeva

    25. International justice: rights and obligations of states

    Steve Vanderheiden

    26. Environmental justice: pollution, poverty and marginalized communities

    Hollie Nyseth Brehm and David N. Pellow

    27. Environmental ethics: philosophy, ecology and other species

    Sofia Guedes Vaz and Olivia Bina

    28. Participation: public opinion and environmental action

    Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt

    29. Environmental citizenship: de-politicizing or re-politicizing environmental politics?

    Derek Bell

    Part V: Key issues and policies in global environmental politics

    30. Air pollution and acid rain: early action and slowing progress

    Loren R. Cass

    31. Stratospheric ozone depletion: elements of success in global environmental politics

    David Downie

    32. Climate change: international diplomacy and governance from top to bottom

    Paul G. Harris

    33. Energy: political–economic strategies

    Hugh C. Dyer

    34. Transport and infrastructure: toward sustainable mobility

    Helene Dyrhauge

    35. Persistent organic pollutants: managing threats to human health and the environment

    David Downie and Jessica Templeton

    36. Hazardous waste: fragmented governance and aspirations for environmental justice

    Katja Biedenkopf

    37. Plastics: from resources to waste and back again

    Josephine van Zeben and Violet Ross

    38. Water, rivers and wetlands: governance paradigms and principles

    Edward Challies and Jens Newig

    39. Pollution and management of oceans and seas: challenges in an unresponsive international system

    Peter J. Jacques

    40. Fisheries and marine mammals: the complexities of collective management

    Elizabeth R. DeSombre

    41. Biodiversity, migratory species and natural heritage: global challenges ahead

    Volker Mauerhofer and Felister Nyacuru

    42. Forests: the political ecology of international environmental governance

    Constance L. McDermott and David Humphreys

    43. Desertification: competing knowledge claims and land-management agendas

    Meri Juntti

    44. Food and agriculture: global dynamics and environmental consequences

    Jennifer Clapp and Sarah J. Martin

    Part VI: Conclusion

    45. The promises of global environmental politics: prospects for study and practice

    Paul G. Harris


    Paul G. Harris has authored or edited 25 books on global environmental and climate change politics, policy and justice. He is the Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong.