British Politics and the Environment

By John McCormick

© 2009 – Routledge

212 pages

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About the Book

Britain has an immense range of environmental law and the reputation for largely ignoring it. John McCormick describes the fascinating story of the political growth of that law, and the pressures, the compromises, the parliamentary and civil service opportunism that allowed the edifice to grow over the greater part of a century. He tells the story of the absolute change in political climate over the last ten years and deciphers the nature of Thatcher's ''conversion'' to greenery. He explains why everyone who cared about the environment became embattled and, above all, how the old methods of sensible compromise were banished, probably for ever, not least because of the government's obsession with secrecy. What, then, are the new political means of compelling change on a reluctant parliament? Everything is at stake from welfare to water, from forests to fishing. Where are we now? What are the likely pressures, both internal and from Europe and the rest of the world, to make Britain pass more environmentally sound laws and, perhaps more importantly, to observe them? McCormick provides a gripping picture of the central issues, of the system and of the battleground. Originally published in 1991

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Environmental Policy in Britain 2. The Environmental Lobby 3. Thatcherism and the Environment 4. Environmental Groups and the Countryside 5. Privatization and Pollution 6. The New Green Society 7. The Environment and the European Community 8. The Changing Environmental Lobby 9. Environmental Politics in Britain Notes Index

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General