The Politics of Nature: Explorations in Green Political Theory

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Andrew Dobson, Paul Lucardie
Psychology Press, 1995 - Political Science - 240 pages
Does green political theory provide plausible answers to the central problems of political theory - problems of justice and democracy, of individual rights and freedom, and of human nature and gender? The contributors to this book, who come from a range of disciplines - philosophy, political science, sociology and economics - and a range of political backgrounds, explore this question from a variety of perspectives. They look at the relationship between green political ideas and liberalism, anarchism, feminism, social democracy, individualism, critical theory and christianity. Green political theory shares some basic ideas with anarchism, feminism and German critical theory. Yet it can and should be reconciled, according to some authors, with liberalism or social democracy. Christianity, which is often perceived by greens as part of the problem rather than part of the solution, is also shown to have some affinity with green thought. Additionally, some chapters focus on issues which seem peculiar to green thought; the critique of industrialization and economic growth; holism and ecocentrism. Not all chapters are purely theoretical; one chapter deals with social policies, another with forms of direct democracy. The Politics of Nature presents a uniquely comprehensive and balanced survey of current green political ideas. It is directed to those with academic interests in the environment, but the chapters that deal with practical issues will be of equal relevance to those with professional interests in the area.
 

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Contents

THE IDEA OF NATURE AND THE NATURE
3
WHY WOULD EGOCENTRISTS BECOME
21
the state and democracy
37
GREEN DEMOCRACY?
63
CAN LIBERAL DEMOCRACY SURVIVE
81
economics and welfare
103
ECONOMIC THEORIES AND THE NECESSARY
118
system
136
the boundaries
159
ECOFEMINISM AND THE POLITICS OF
177
CRITICAL THEORY AND GREEN POLITICS
190
GREEN BELIEFS AND RELIGION
210
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