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The Environmental Politics Reader: Debating The Earth

The Environmental Politics Reader

Second Edition

John S. Dryzek, David Schlosberg


Debating the Earth brings together over forty essential readings which illustrate the diversity of political responses to environmental issues. They are organised in a way that emphasises the differences and debates across the various schools of thought on environmental affairs. The second edition includes a new section on ‘The Global South and Indigenous Perspectives' and twenty-five extracts are new to this edition.

The only substantial collection of readings which provides an introduction to the field of environmental politics

Completely revised in order to broaden the geographical scope and take on important critiques from the developing world

Well-structured and easy to use with accessible introductions by the Editors

Part One: Feast or Famine? The severity of environmental problems
Section One: Limits and Survivalism
1: Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and William H. Behrens III: The Limits to Growth
2: Garrett Hardin: The Tragedy of the Commons
3: Lester Brown: A Planet Under Stress
Section Two: The Promethean Response
4: Julian L. Simon and Herman Kahn: Introduction to the Resourceful Earth
5: Bjorn Lomborg: The Truth about the Environment
6: Tom Burke: Ten Pinches of Salt
Part Two: Reformist Responses
Section Three: Administrative Rationalism7: Robert V. Bartlett: Rationality and the Logic of the National Environmental Policy Act
8: Kai Lee: Appraising Adaptive Management
9: Charles Sabel, Archon Fung, and Bradley Karkkainen: Beyond Backyard Environmentalism
10: Mary O'Brien: Goal: Replace Risk Assessment with Alternatives Assessment
Section Four: Liberal Democracy
11: Mark Sagoff: The Allocation and Distribution of Resources
12: Robert Paehlke: Democracy and Environmentalism
13: Marcel Wissenburg: Sustainability and the Limits of Liberalism
14: William P. Ophuls with A. Stephen Boyan, Jr.: The American Political Economy II: The Non-Politics of Laissez Faire
Part Three: Environment and Economics
Section Five: Market Liberalism
15: Terry L. Anderson and Donald T. Leal: Rethinking the Way We Think
16: Robert Stavins and Bradley Whitehead: Market-Based Environmental Policies
17: Robert E. Goodin: Selling Environmental Indulgences
Section Six: Sustainable Development
18: World Commission on Environment and Development: From One Earth to One World
19: James Meadowcroft: "Sustainable Development: a New(ish) Idea for a New Century?"
20: David Carruthers: "From Opposition to Orthodoxy: The Remaking of Sustainable Development"
Section Seven: Ecological Modernization
21: Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins: The Next Industrial Revolution
22: John Barry: Ecological Modernization
Part Four: Green Social Critiques
Section Eight: Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism
23: Arne Naess: The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement: A Summary
24: Dave Foreman: Putting the Earth First
25: Jim Dodge: Living by Life: Some Bioregional Theory and Practice
26: Robyn Eckersley: "Ecocentric Discourses: Problems and Future Prospects for Nature Advocacy"
Section Nine: Social and Socialist Ecology
27: Murray Bookchin: Society and Ecology
28: Ynestra King: Toward an Ecological Feminism and a Feminist Ecology
29: Joel Kovel: Ecosocialism
Section Ten: Environmental Justice
30: First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit: Principles of Environmental Justice
31: Robert Bullard: Environmental Justice in the 21st Century
32: Celene Krauss: Women of Color on the Front Line
Section Eleven: Southern and Indigenous Perspectives
33: Ramachandra Guha and Juan M. Alier: Environmentalism of the Poor
34: Vandana Shiva: On Poverty and Globalization
35: Winona LaDuke: Introduction and Conclusion to All My Relations
36: Fabienne Bayet: Overturning the Doctrine: Indigenous People and Wilderness - Being Aboriginal in the Environmental Movement
Part Five: Society, the State and the Environment
Section Eleven: The Green Movement
37: Doug Torgerson: Farewell to the Green Movement? Political Action and the Green Public Sphere
38: David Schlosberg: Networks and Mobile Arrangements: Organizational Innovation in the U.S. Environmental Justice Movement
39: Paul Wapner: Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics
40: Thomas Poguntke: Green Parties in National Governments: From Protest to Acquiescence?
Section Twelve: Ecological Democracy
41: Ulrich Beck: The Politics of the Risk Society
42: Andrew Dobson: Ecological Citizenship
43: Val Plumwood: Inequality, Ecojustice, and Ecological Rationality
44: John S. Dryzek: Political and Ecological Communication

Edited by John S. Dryzek , Head of Social and Political Theory Programme, Australian National University, Canberra

David Schlosberg , Associate Professor, Northern Arizona University

John S. Dryzek was the Head of the Political Science Departments at both Oregon and Melbourne. He is a former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is currently the Head of the Social and Political Theory Program at The Australian National University David Schlosberg has taught at Northern Arizona University and the London School of Economics and is currently on sabbatical from the University of Arizona as a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow at ANU, Canberra.

`The editors should be congratulated on putting together a collection in which every item is worth reading and where the whole is equal to the sum of the parts' Geoff A. Wilson- Professor of human geography, Plymouth University.

`I am convinced that this excellent, accessible and wide-ranging book will find its way into many libraries and on to personal bookshelves'R Geoff A. Wilson- Professor of human geography, Plymouth University.