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The Politics of the Earth

Environmental Discourses

Third Edition

John S. Dryzek

December 2012

ISBN: 9780199696000

290 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

In Stock

Price: £35.99

Dryzek provides an accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the language used to discuss environmental issues. He looks at various approaches which have dominated environmental issues, from faith in unlimited economic growth to radical green politics, and concludes with a plea for ecological democracy.

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Dryzek provides an accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the language used to discuss environmental issues. He looks at various approaches which have dominated environmental issues, from faith in unlimited economic growth to radical green politics, and concludes with a plea for ecological democracy.

  • Written by an internationally recognised expert on the politics of the environment, John Dryzek.
  • The discourse approach offers an innovative way of classifying and comparing the main strands of environmental politics.
  • Makes a complex subject accessible to students through its lively and engaging style and its use of pedagogy.
  • Puts the last three decades of environmental politics in perspective.

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the most modern discourses, including discussions surrounding climate change.
  • More material on global environmental politics, and updated and expanded examples including more material on China.
  • Further discussion of environmental justice, with a particular focus on climate justice.
  • Reworked material on green radicalism, including such new developments as transition towns and radical summits.
  • Expanded conclusion including more on ecological democracy as one of a variety of perspectives.

About the Author(s)

John S. Dryzek, Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Australian National University

John S. Dryzek is Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and the Social and Political Theory program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.

Table of Contents

    Part I Introduction
    1:Making Sense of Earth's Politics: A Discourse Approach
    Part II Global Limits and their Denial
    2:Looming Tragedy: Survivalism
    3:Growth Forever: The Promethean Response
    Part III Solving Environmental Problems
    4:Leave it to the Experts: Administrative Rationalism
    5:Leave it to the People: Democratic Pragmatism
    6:Leave it to the Market: Economic Rationalism
    Part IV The Quest for Sustainability
    7:Environmentally Benign Growth: Sustainable Development
    8:Industrial Society and Beyond: Ecological Modernization
    Part V Green Radicalism
    9:Changing People: Green Consciousness
    10:Changing Society: Green Politics
    Part VI Conclusion
    11:Ecological Democracy