Environmental Policy

2nd Edition

By Jane Roberts

© 2011 – Routledge

258 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Evidence of climate change, resource shortages and biodiversity loss is growing in significance year by year. This second edition of Environmental Policy explains how policy can respond and bring about greater sustainability in individual lifestyles, corporate strategies, national policies and international relations. The book discusses the interaction between environmental and human systems, proposing environmental policy as a way to steer human systems to function within environmental constraints.

The second edition has been completely updated to reflect advances in scholarship (for example developments in governance theory) and the increasing primacy of climate policy within environmental policy as a whole. Key political, social and economic concepts are used to explain how effective environmental policies can be designed, implemented and evaluated. Environmental problems, the role of human beings in creating them and sustainable development are all introduced. Environmental policy formulation, implementation and evaluation are discussed within three specific contexts: the firm, the nation state and at an international level. The book reviews the relationship of economics, science and technology to environmental policy. It ends by reflecting upon the predicament of humankind in the twenty-first century and the potential of achieve sustainability through the use of the environmental policy ‘toolbox’.

Environmental Policy is an accessible text with a multi-disciplinary perspective. Lively case studies drawn from a range of international examples – and completely updated for this second edition – illustrate issues such as climate change, international trade, tourism and human rights. It includes chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading and links to relevant web resources.


"This book (1st ed., 2004), part of the Routledge Introductions to Environment series, reflects the more matter-of-fact and cooperative ways that the EU deals with environmental issues….This well-written book will therefore be valuable to American universities as an introductory resource that can be used alongside American works to provide a more balanced treatment of the subject."—F. T. Manheim, George Mason University, Highly recommended title, CHOICE

Table of Contents

1. So, What's the Problem? 2. The Roots of Environmental Problems 3. Sustainable Development and the Goals of Environmental Policy 4. Science and Technology: Policies and Paradoxes 5. Corporate Environmental Policy Making 6. Environmental Policy Making in Government 7. International Environmental Policy Making 8. Environmental Economics 9. Conclusion: Making Policy for the Planet

About the Author

Jane Roberts is an Associate Member of the Development Policy and Practice Group at the Open University. She is an environmental policy analyst with strong interests in education for sustainable development. Her PhD studied the role of environmental interest groups in UK electricity privatisation. Jane was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by the University of Gloucestershire in 2005 and in 2009 achieved Associate Fellowship of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts

This series introduces core topics for environmental study and presents unparalleled interdisciplinary perspectives on issues of environmental concern. Focusing on human-environmental interrelationships, these concise, engaging, user-friendly texts respond particularly well to the demands of modular learning. Each text in the series features:

  • summaries of key concepts and contextual introductions to each topic
  • uniform, attractive, series design
  • informative diagrams illustrating key concepts and issues
  • annotated reading lists and end of chapter questions
  • lively global case-studies boxed throughout the text.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography