Deep Environmental Politics: The Role of Radical Environmentalism in Crafting American Environmental Policy

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Nature - 238 pages
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Cramer provides a window into the world of radical environmentalism and the political process. He examines how deep ecology evolved, how its ideas influence our lives, and how it impacts our laws.

The book begins with an overview of deep ecology and traces its history in American political thought. Cramer then looks at the tactics employed by radical environmentalists and the relationship formed between activists and their political counterparts. He explains the difference between what deep ecology ultimately wants and what it strives for on a daily basis. Federal environmental legislation and congressional testimony are analyzed for trends, and media coverage of radical environmentalism is also examined. Cramer provides the first comprehensive look at the impact of deep ecology and radical environmentalism on American environmental politics and law. This book will be invaluable to scholars and researchers of contemporary American politics and law, environmental studies, and the media.

 

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Contents

Background on Deep Ecology
1
Tenets of Deep Ecology
3
Roots of Deep Ecology
27
Rhetoric and Tactics of Deep Ecology
43
Deep Ecology and Politics
61
Introduction to Deep Ecology and Politics
63
Environmental Legislation
69
Congressional Testimony Politics of Words
105
Deep Ecology and the Legal System
149
Deep Ecology and the Media
175
Media and Politics
177
Media Coverage of Deep Ecology
181
The Media and Deep Ecology A Closer Look
199
Avoiding the Mine by Trying to Stop the Tanker
217
Selected Bibliography
227
Index
235

Congressional Testimony Politics of Perspectives
127

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PHILLIP F. CRAMER is a John W. Wade Scholar at Vanderbilt Law School. He has held internships with the U.S. Department of State, where he served as the Country Desk Officer for Bahrain, and with the Students for an Energy Efficient Environment (SEEE), where he worked with the EPA on the Greenlights program. He is currently working on a research project on environmentalism, international relations, and the American legal system.

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