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1st Edition

The Politics of 21st Century Environmental Disasters

Edited By

Susan Park

  • Available for pre-order on July 3, 2023. Item will ship after July 24, 2023
ISBN 9781032496740
July 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
124 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the main concerns for grappling with increasing environmental disasters and examines how environmental disasters are understood by states, corporations, and non-government organizations nationally and internationally.

The focus of this book is threefold: first, to investigate what constitutes an environmental disaster and to identify the parameters for political responses nationally and internationally. Second, the chapters analyse contemporary state practices that exacerbate the impact of, and responses to, environmental disasters. They show how states promote extractivism based on limited understandings of nature drawn from Western philosophy. Finally, the book highlights the strengths and weaknesses in political and institutional responses at the local level to such disasters by state and non-state actors. This shows how both slow and fast violence of environmental disasters affects communities, but also how vulnerable subjects are based on people’s capabilities.

The Politics of 21st Century Environmental Disaster is an indispensable resource for students and scholars in political science and environmental studies. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The politics of 21st century environmental disasters

Susan Park

1. The role of the Sovereign state in 21st century environmental disasters

Susan Park

2. Planetary disasters: moving the UN disaster risk reduction framework into cosmopolitised reality

Sabine Selchow

3. Rehabilitating Ranger uranium mine:scientific uncertainty, deep futures and the production of ignorance

Rebecca Lawrence

4. Disaster? No surprise

Christine J. Winter

5. Extractive industry disasters and community responses: a typology of vulnerable subjects

Teresa Kramarz

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Susan Park is Professor of Global Governance in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She focuses on how International Organisations and global governance can become greener and more accountable, particularly in the transition to renewable energy.