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The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of the Environment

ISBN 9780367410704
Published October 28, 2021 by Routledge
396 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Featuring a stellar international cast list of leading and cutting-edge scholars, The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of the Environment presents the state of the art of the discipline that considers ecological issues and crises from a political economy perspective. This collective volume sheds new light on the effect of economic and power inequality on environmental dynamics and, conversely, on the economic and social impact of environmental dynamics.

The chapters gathered in this handbook make four original contributions to the field of political economy of the environment. First, they revisit essential concepts and methods of environmental economics in the light of their political economy. Second, they introduce readers to recent theoretical and empirical advances in key issues of political economy of the environment with a special focus on the relationship between inequality and environmental degradation, a nexus that has dramatically come into focus with the COVID crisis. Third, the authors of this handbook open the field to its critical global and regional dimensions: global issues, such as the environmental justice movement and inequality and climate change as well as regional issues such as agriculture systems, air pollution, natural resources appropriation and urban sustainability. Fourth and finally, the work shows how novel analysis can translate into new forms of public policy that require institutional reform and new policy tools. Ecosystems preservation, international climate negotiations and climate mitigation policies all have a strong distributional dimension that chapters point to. Pressing environmental policy such as carbon pricing and low-carbon and energy transitions entail numerous social issues that also need to be accounted for with new analytical and technological tools.

This handbook will be an invaluable reference, research and teaching tool for anyone interested in political economy approaches to environmental issues and ecological crises.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Political Economy of the Environment in the Century of Ecological Crises
Éloi Laurent and Klara Zwickl

2. Political Economy of the Environment: a look back and ahead
James K. Boyce


Part 1. Inequality and the Environment

A theoretical, empirical and historical framework

3. The Sustainability-Justice Nexus
Éloi Laurent

4. A socio-metabolic perspective on (material) growth and inequality
Anke Schaffartzik and Fridolin Krausmann

5. The history of environmental and energy economics through the lens of political economy
Antoine Missemer


Global and Regional Political Economy of the Environment

6. Global Environmental and Climate Justice Movements
David N. Pellow

7. Global inequalities and climate change
Céline Guivarch and Nicolas Taconet

8. Natural disasters, poverty and inequality: new metrics for fairer policies
Stéphane Hallegatte and Brian Walsh

9. Contracts and Dispossession: Agribusiness Venture Agreements in the Philippines
Alfredo R.M. Rosete

10. Natural Resources, Climate Change and Inequality in Africa
James Murombedzi

11. From Western Pennsylvania to the World: Environmental Injustice and the Ethane-to>Plastics Global Production Network
Diane Sicotte

12. Latin America Caught Between Inequality and Natural Capital Degradation: a view from macro and micro data
Juan-Camilo Cardenas

13. Air quality co-benefits of climate mitigation in the European Union
Klara Zwickl and Simon Sturn

14. Designing Urban Sustainability: Environmental Justice in EU-Funded Projects
Ian Cook and Tamara Steger


Part 2. From analysis to modelling and policy

From analysis to policy

15. From the Welfare State to the Social-ecological State
Éloi Laurent

16. Promoting Justice in Global Climate Policies
Michel Bourban

17. Carbon Pricing and Climate Justice
James K. Boyce

18. Political economy of border carbon adjustment
Paul Malliet and Ruben Haalebos

19. Political Economy of Forest Protection
Alain Karsenty


Modelling and policy

20. Informing the political economy of energy and climate transitions: modelling tools, pathways design frameworks and analytical challenges
Patrick Criqui and Henri Waisman

21. Diagnostics and Policy tools to measure and mitigate environmental health inequalities
Julien Caudeville

22. Building on the Right-to-Know: Data Interlinkage and Information Intermediation for Environmental and Corporate Regulation
Richard Puchalsky, Michael Ash and James K. Boyce

23. Conclusion: New frontiers in the political economy of the environment
Éloi Laurent and Klara Zwickl

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Éloi Laurent is Senior Economist at OFCE/Sciences Po, France, Professor at the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po and Ponts ParisTech and a visiting professor at Stanford University, USA.

Klara Zwickl is Assistant Professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.


"Tackling the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century will depend to a great extent on the social sciences we use to understand them and to suggest appropriate interventions. Yet the pre-eminent social science, economics, remains largely blind and uninterested regarding two of the most pressing challenges: the environment and inequality. This landmark volume tackles both of these gaps together and head on, introducing readers to a growing body of exciting work that aims to revolutionize economics, and thereby to tackle the grievous and daunting injustices of our age. A must-read for anyone interested in a deeper reconstruction of the economic ideas that have shaped our current crisis and how they can be transformed."

- David Tyfield, Professor of Sustainable Transitions and Political Economy, Lancaster University, UK