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Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics

International Relations and the Earth, 1st Edition

Edited by Olaf Corry, Hayley Stevenson


200 pages

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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 volumeexplores 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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance

Global environmental governance has been a prime concern of policy-makers since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. Yet, despite more than 900 multi-lateral environmental treaties coming into force over the past 40 years and numerous public-private and private initiatives to mitigate global change, human-induced environmental degradation is reaching alarming levels. Scientists see compelling evidence that the entire earth system now operates well outside safe boundaries and at rates that accelerate. According to a recent scientific assessment organized by the international Earth System Governance Project (ESGP), human societies must change course and steer away from critical tipping points that might lead to rapid and irreversible change, while ensuring sustainable livelihoods for all. The urgent challenge from a social science perspective is how to organize the co-evolution of societies and their surrounding environment, in other words, how to develop effective and equitable governance solutions for today’s global problems.

Against this background, the Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance series delivers cutting-edge research on the most vibrant and relevant themes within the academic field of global environmental governance. In more detail, the areas of interest of global environmental governance research constitute:

The overall institutional and organizational structure of Global Environmental Governance

  • The core actors, their interests and motives
  • New governance instruments and approaches, including public-private partnerships; market-based governance
  • Questions of governance effectiveness, democratic legitimacy, accountability and transparency in/of Global Environmental Governance
  • Normative underpinnings and implications of Global Environmental Governance, including considerations of equity, access, fairness and justice
  • Adapting the overall global governance landscape to new challenges, including ecological and social tipping points
  • Methodological questions on how to better integrate governance research and the more quantitative modelling and scenario communities

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy