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The Greening of Machiavelli

The Evolution of International Environmental Politics, 1st Edition

By Tony Brenton


298 pages

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First published in 1994. Environmental issues present a daunting challenge to the international system. The destruction of the tropical rainforest, the Chernobyl explosion and the ozone layer ‘hole’ all underline the transnational nature of environmental threats and the need for states to act together in order to tackle them. How have such environmental issues entered political agendas in different parts of the world and how has that affected national positions? Can governments ever reconcile their own national interests with the international cooperation needed to deal with transboundary issues such as climate change?

This book traces the history of international environmental negotiations and regulations and looks at the domestic policies upon which cooperation in the international community depends. It covers some major milestones in recent history, from the Torrey Canyon accident through to the Rio ‘Earth Summit’ and the emergence of the European Community as a major international environmental actor. It also looks at cross-cutting issues such as the role of non-governmental organizations, the environmental impacts of world agriculture and trading arrangements, industry’s attitudes, and the relationship between democracy and environmental protection. It concludes by examining how the international system has adapted, and may adapt further, to deal effectively with environmental problems, and reflects on the implications of this for the future.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; Summary and Conclusions; 1. Introduction 2. The Birth of Environmentalism 3. The Stockholm Conference 4. From Stockholm to Rio: Domestic Developments 5. From Stockholm to Rio: International Developments 6. The Road to Rio 7. Climate Change 8. Biodiversity 9. UNCED: The Preparations 10. UNCED: The Conference 11. The Future; Index; Tables; Figures

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Environmental Policy

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1982 and 1995, draw together research by leading academics in the area of environmental policy and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine international policy, impact assessment, and future environmental planning. This set will be of particular interest to students of Environmental Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science