Global Environmental Politics

Pamela S. Chasek, David L. Downie, and Janet Welsh Brown

Seventh Edition • July 12, 2016 • 458 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813349794 • $48.00 USD$62.50 CAN

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“Quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. . . . This text is an essential addition to any collection.” —Choice

For more than twenty years, Global Environmental Politics has provided an up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased introduction to the world’s most pressing environmental issues. This new edition continues this tradition while covering critical new developments in the field. Through case studies on key issues such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and biodiversity loss, the authors detail the development of major environmental regimes. With new material on the adoption of global Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the December 2015 Paris Climate Change conference; and recent meetings of major conventions on desertification, biological diversity, and more; the authors present a comprehensive overview of contemporary international environmental politics. Global Environmental Politics is vital reading for any student wishing to understand the current state of the field and to make informed decisions about which policies might best safeguard our environment for the future.

Pamela S. Chasek is professor of political science at Manhattan College. She is the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin as well as the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including The Roads from Rio, The Global Environment in the 21st Century, and Earth Negotiations.

David L. Downie teaches classes in the Department of Politics and the Environmental Studies Program at Fairfield University. He has attended nearly one hundred global environmental negotiations since 1990 and is the author of numerous publications on the creation and content of international environmental policy.

Janet Welsh Brown is a former policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, former executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and a former member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
1  The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics
Global Macrotrends
An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics
International Regimes in Global Environmental Politics
Paradigms in Global Environmental Politics
2  Actors in the Environmental Arena
Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interests
Intergovernmental Organizations
Treaty Secretariats
International Financial Institutions
Regional and Other Multilateral Organizations
Nongovernmental Organizations
Business and Industry
3  The Development of Environmental Regimes: Stratospheric Ozone, Hazardous Waste, Toxic Chemicals, and Climate Change
Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
Hazardous Waste
Toxic Chemicals
Climate Change
4  The Development of Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitats
Biodiversity Loss
International Trade in Endangered Species
Desertification and Land Degradation
Fisheries Depletion
5  Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunities
Obstacles to Creating Strong Environmental Regimes
Obstacles to Effective National Implementation of and Compliance with Global Environmental Regimes
Opportunities to Improve Effective Implementation and Compliance
Increasing Financial Resources for Implementing Global Environmental Regimes
6  Environmental Politics and Sustainable Development
North–South Relations and Sustainable Development
The Social Pillar of Sustainable Development
Economic Development and Trade
Balancing the Environmental and Sustainable Development Agendas
7  The Future of Global Environmental Politics
Global Environmental Governance in a Changing International System
The Continuing Evolution of Global Environmental Governance
Conclusion: The Prospects for Global Environmental Politics

Praise for Prior Editions
“Global Environmental Politics is an outstanding text. Through an impressive number of well-structured comparative case studies, the authors perform the minor miracle of rendering the complex and often arcane world of international environmental diplomacy accessible and comprehensible to their readers.” —Robert Darst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

“This is the definitive text for students seeking to understand the actors, institutions, and political dynamism of contemporary international environmental policy.” –Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University

“An up-to-date, accessible, and engaging entry into the ever-evolving world of global environmental politics. . . . [the authors] effectively provide insights into cross-cutting themes being wrestled with by actors in global environmental politics today.” –Pia Kohler, Williams College

“The definitive textbook in its field…. Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike.”—Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

“Quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. . . . This text is an essential addition to any collection.” –Choice

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