The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics

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Karen Litfin
MIT Press, 1998 - Political Science - 344 pages
"A welcome addition to the literature on the reconciliation of the historic concept of sovereignty and the need for national cooperation to protect the global environment. A prominent group of scholars address salient aspects of this complex issue."
-- Lynton K. Caldwell, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University This is the first book to connect two important subfields in international relations: global environmental politics and the study of sovereignty--the state's exclusive authority within its territorial boundaries. The authors argue that the relationship between environmental practices and sovereignty is by no means straightforward and in fact elucidates some of the core issues and challenges in world politics today.

Although a number of international relations scholars have assumed that transnational environmental organizations and institutions are eroding sovereignty, this book makes the case that ecological integrity and state sovereignty are not necessarily in opposition. It shows that the norms of sovereignty are now shifting in the face of attempts to cope with ecological destruction, but that this "greening" of sovereignty is an uneven, variegated, and highly contested process. By establishing that sovereignty is a socially constructed institution that varies according to time and place, with multiple meanings and changing practices, "The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics" illuminates the complexity of the relationship between sovereignty and environmental matters and casts both in a new light.

Contributors: Daniel Deudney, Margaret Scully Granzeier, Joseph Henri Jupille, Sheldon Kamieniecki, ThomKuehls, Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Karen T. Litfin, Marian A. L. Miller, Ronald B. Mitchell, Paul Wapner, Veronica Ward, Franke Wilmer.

 

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Contents

Theoretical Tensions
18
An Exploration of
31
The Enemy R Us
55
Clash of Concepts
79
Interests Science
141
States
173
Remote Sensing of the Global
193
Sovereignty Environment and Subsidiarity in the European
223
Moving
257
Rights and Responsibilities in
275
Intergenerational Sovereign Publics
299
Index
327
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