Global Environmental Politics

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Westview Press, 2000 - Political Science - 286 pages
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When Global Environmental Politics was first published, the environment was just emerging as a pivotal issue in traditional international relations. Today, the environment is considered to be a central topic to discussions of political economy and the relationship between foreign and domestic policy—and so much has changed that more than half of the book has been revised. With a new case study on fisheries, a new chapter on improving compliance with international environmental regimes and a new section on trade and environment, this classic work is more complete and up-to-date than any survey of international environmental politics on the market. In addition to providing a concise yet comprehensive overview of global environmental issues, the authors have worked to contextualize key topics such as the 1992 Earth Summit, the Kyoto Protocol, international forest policy, and the trade and environment nexus. Environmental concerns from global warming to ozone depletion to whaling are seen as challenges to transnational relations, with governments, NGOs, IGOs, and MNCs all involved in the multilateral interaction that is necessary to solve growing global environmental politics.

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Gareth Porter is a consultant to the marine program at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. He currently teaches at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The John Hopkins University. Janet Welsh Brown was a long-time senior research associate at the World Resources Institute, former chair of the board of Friends of the Earth, and formerly the executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund. She has taught a variety of courses in international relations and environmental politics at the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and Sarah Lawrence College. Pamela S. Chasek is the co-founder and editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on United Nations environment and development negotiations. The author of numerous publications on environmental negotiations, the United Nations and global environmental politics, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Manhattan College.

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