Paths to a Green World The Political Economy of the Global Environment

ISBN-10: 0262515822
ISBN-13: 9780262515825
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This comprehensive and accessible book fills the need for a political economy view of global environmental politics, focusing on the ways international economic processes affect environmental outcomes. It examines the main actors and forces shaping global environmental management, particularly in the developing world. Moving beyond the usual emphasis on international agreements and institutions, it strives to capture not only academic theoretical debates but also views on politics, economics, and the environment within the halls of global conferences, on the streets during antiglobalization protests, and in the boardrooms of international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry associations. The book maps out an original typology of four contrasting worldviews of environmental change--those of market liberals, institutionalists, bioenvironmentalists, and social greens--and uses them as a framework to examine the links between the global political economy and ecological change. This typology provides a common language for students, instructors, and scholars to discuss the issues across the classical social science divisions. The second edition of this popular text has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent events, including the food crisis of 2007-2008, the financial meltdown of 2008, and the Copenhagen Climate Conference of 2009. Topics covered include the environmental implications of globalization; wealth, poverty, and consumption; global trade; transnational corporations; and multilateral and private finance.

Jennifer Clapp is CIGI Chair in International Governance and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is the coauthor of Paths to a Green World (MIT Press, 2005).

Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Liu Institute for GlobalIssues at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of the award-winning TheShadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press) and otherbooks.

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Acronyms
Peril or Prosperity? Mapping Worldviews of Global Environmental Change
Four Environmental Worldviews
Market Liberals
Institutionalists
Bioenvironmentalists
Social Greens
Conclusion
The Ecological Consequences of Globalization
What Is Globalization?
Globalization and the Global Environment
Conclusion
The Globalization of Environmentalism
The Evolution of Global Discourse on Environment and Development
Global Environmental Governance
Conclusion
Economic Growth in a World of Wealth and Poverty
Wealth and Poverty for Market Liberals and Institutionalists
Critiques: Bioenvironmentalists and Social Greens
Conclusion
Global Trade and the Environment
Globalization and Trade
Trade's Impact on the Environment: Three Schools of Thought
The WTO and the Environment
Regional Trade Agreements-Opportunity for Greener Models?
Conclusion
Global Investment and the Environment
Globalization and Transnational Corporations
Differential Standards: Pollution Havens, Industrial Flight, Double Standards?
TNCs and Site Practices
Greening or Greenwash?
TNCs and Global Governance for Investment and the Environment
Conclusion
Global Financing and the Environment
Scope and Trends in International Finance
Multilateral Lending: The World Bank and the IMF
Multilateral Environmental Aid: The GEF and Climate Funds
Bilateral Finance: Export Credit Agencies
Private Finance and the Environment
Conclusion
Paths to a Green World? Four Visions for a Healthy Global Environment
Market Liberal Vision
Institutionalist Vision
Bioenvironmentalist Vision
Social Green Vision
Clashing Visions?
Notes
References
Index

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