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Global Environmental Politics

Understanding the Governance of the Earth

Jean-Frédéric Morin, Amandine Orsini, and Sikina Jinnah

31 March 2020

ISBN: 9780198826088

400 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

The most current introduction to key global environmental issues.


Global Environmental Politics provides a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts, theories, methods, and debates in environmental politics. The authors' analytical approach encourages students to critique a wide variety of political perspectives, equipping them with the necessary tools to develop their own arguments and opinions.

  • Adopts an analytical approach, encouraging students to critique a wide variety of political perspectives, reconsider their own assumptions, and develop their own viewpoints and perspectives
  • Provides up-to-date coverage of developments in environmental policy and debate since the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015
  • A well-balanced analysis of a broad range of pertinent topics, from climate change to 'summit diplomacy', and gives students an accessible introduction to the central ideas and debates in the field
  • An interdisciplinary approach draws upon a range of disciplines, including political science, economics, law, and sociology, to introduce students to different perspectives
  • An accompanying website contains a wealth of online learning resources, such as interactive figures and questions, to help students comprehend key trends in issues such as climate change, and test their understanding of the material
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Jean-Frédéric Morin, Full Professor, Université Laval, Québec, Canada, Amandine Orsini, Professor, Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, and Sikina Jinnah, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, US

Jean-Frédéric Morin is Full Professor at Université Laval (Canada) and chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy. His recent projects look at the design of environmental treaties and at the interactions between international institutions. His research has appeared in journals like Global Environmental Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Environmental Politics and European Journal of International Relations.

Amandine Orsini is Professor at Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles (Belgium). She is particularly interested in the role of non-state actors in international negotiations regarding biodiversity, forests and genetic resources. She is currently working on two edited volumes: Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance (Routledge, 2nd edition forthcoming) with Jean-Frédéric Morin, and Environmental Policy in the EU: Current and Future Challenges (Routledge, forthcoming) with Elena Kavvatha.

Sikina Jinnah is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz (United States). Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power, linkage politics, and regime design, in particular in the areas of climate change, climate engineering, biodiversity, and trade-environment politics. She is the author or editor of three other books, including, Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in In Global Environmental Politics, which won the 2016 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, and Greening through Trade: How American Trade Policy is Linked to Environmental Protection Abroad (with Jean-Frédéric Morin).

Table of Contents

    1:Interconnections between science and politics
    2:Ideas about environmental protection
    4:Non-state actors
    5:The tragedy of the commons and sovereign rights
    6:Development and the environment: From the Stockholm Summit to the Sustainable Development Goals
    7:International institutions
    8:Policy instruments and effectiveness
    9:Natural resources, security, and conflicts
    10:Trade and the environment


"Global Environmental Politics is a remarkably sophisticated as well as comprehensive analysis of environmental practices, institutions, and policies." - Robert O. Keohane, Professor (Emeritus) of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA

"The analytic focus and conceptual breadth ensure this text will be useful for a wide range of courses on environmental politics" - Professor Matthew Hoffman, Professor of Politic Science, University of Toronto

"Global Environmental Politics is a must have resource in the classroom." - Liliana Andonova, Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Global Environmental Politics is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The textbook is accompanied by online resources featuring:

- Additional material which includes a chapter on pandemics and the environment
- Multiple choice questions to assess students' knowledge and understanding
- Web directory including links to reliable online content and databases related to topics covered in the book
- Interactive figures to further engage students' comprehension of key ideas and concepts
- Figures and tables from the book in JPEG format