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Published: 28 March 2019

232 Pages | 8 illustrations


ISBN: 9780190921019

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Shocks, States, and Sustainability

The Origins of Radical Environmental Reforms

Thomas K. Rudel

  • Presents a theory of environmental reform, illustrated by cases of from both rich and impoverished nations
  • Shows how destabilizing events that threaten the well-being of everyone—elites and commoners alike—are crucial to facilitate changes towards more sustainable practices
  • Offers a comparative historical approach to emphasize that the dynamics of environmental change vary with the scale of the relevant political arenas

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