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Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics
International Relations and the Earth

ISBN 9781138633889
Published August 2, 2017 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

How can a divided world share a single planet? As the environment rises ever higher on the global agenda, the discipline of International Relations (IR) is engaging in more varied and transformative ways than ever before to overcome environmental challenges.

Focusing in particular on the key trends of the past 20 years, this volume explores the main developments in the global environmental crisis, with each chapter considering an environmental issue and an approach within IR. In the process, adjacent fields including energy politics, science and technology, and political economy are also touched on.

Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics is aimed at anybody interested in the key international environmental problems of the day, and those seeking clarification and inspiration in terms of approaches and theories that decode how the environment is accounted for in global politics. It will be an essential resource for students and scholars of global environmental politics and governance, environmental studies and IR.

Table of Contents


  1. IR and the Earth - Societal multiplicity and planetary singularity
  2. Olaf Corry and Hayley Stevenson

  3. International climate politics between pluralism and solidarism: An English School perspective
  4. Robert Falkner

  5. Problematizing the unitary actor assumption in IR: insights from the climate change literature
  6. Sevasti-Eleni Vezirgiannidou

  7. Green states and global environmental politics: Beyond Western IR?
  8. Carl Death and Paul Tobin

  9. Environmental Science and International Relations
  10. Silke Beck and Tim Forsyth

  11. Posthumanism and Geoengineering
  12. Stephen Hobden

  13. Justice Discourses and the Global Environment: Diverse perspectives on an uneven landscape
  14. Ross Gillard, Lucy Ford, and Gabriela Kuetting

  15. IPE and the environment in the age of the Anthropocene
  16. Peter Newell and Richard Lane

  17. Security Politics and Climate Change: The new security dilemma
  18. Hugh C. Dyer

  19. Energy security in an age of environmental change
  20. Jonna Nyman

  21. International Relations as if the Earth matters

Olaf Corry and Hayley Stevenson

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Olaf Corry is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen. His research is on global environmental politics, climate change and security, and International Theory. He is currently working on the security politics of geoengineering technologies.

Hayley Stevenson is Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research crosses the areas of global governance, global environmental politics, green political economy and democratic theory.