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Debating the Earth

The Environmental Politics Reader

Second Edition

Edited by John S. Dryzek and David Schlosberg

Publication Date - 20 January 2005

ISBN: 9780199276295

672 pages

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Debating the Earth brings together more than 40 essential readings which illustrate the diversity of political responses to environmental issues. The readings are organized in a way that emphasizes the differences and debates across the various schools of thought on environmental affairs.

The second edition includes a new section, The Global South and Indigenous Perspectives, and offers 25 new extracts.


  • The only substantial collection of readings which provides an introduction to the field of environmental politics
  • Completely revised in order to broaden the geographical scope and take on important critiques from the developing world
  • Well-structured and easy to use with accessible introductions by the Editors

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 1998

Table of Contents

    Part One: Feast or Famine? The Severity of Environmental Problems
    Section One: Limits and Survivalism
    1. The Limits to Growth, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers and William H. Behrens III
    2. The Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin
    3. A Planet under Stress, Lester Brown
    Section Two: The Promethean Response
    4. Introduction to the Resourceful Earth, Julian L. Simon and Herman Kahn
    5. The Truth about the Environment, Bjorn Lomborg
    6. Ten Pinches of Salt, Tom Burke
    Part Two: Reformist Responses
    Section Three: Administrative Rationalism
    7. Rationality and the Logic of the National Environmental Policy Act, Robert V. Bartlett
    8. Appraising Adaptive Management, Kai Lee
    9. Beyond Backyard Environmentalism, Charles Sabel, Archon Fung and Bradley Karkkainen
    10. Gola: Replace Risk Assessment with Alternatives Assessment, Mary O'Brien
    Section Four: Liberal Democracy
    11. The Allocation and Distribution of Resources, Mark Sagoff
    12. Green Governance in the New Millennium: Towards the On Green Democratic State, Robyn Eckersley
    13. Sustainability and the Limits of Liberalism, Marcel Wissenburg
    14. The American Political Economy II: The Non-Politics of Laissez Faire, William P. Ophuls and A. Stephen Boyan JR
    Part Three: Environment and Economics
    Section Five: Market Liberalism
    15. Rethinking the Way We Think, Terry L. Anderson and Donald T. Leal
    16. Market-Based Environmental Policies, Robert Stavins and Bradley Whitehead
    17. Selling Environmental Indulgences, Robert E Goodin
    Section Six: Sustainable Development
    18. From One Earth to One World, World Commission on Environment and Development
    19. Sustainable Development: Definitions, Principles, Policy, Herman Daly
    20. Sustainable Development and the Crisis of Nature: On the Political Anatomy of an Oxymoron, Wolfgang Sachs
    Section Seven:Ecological Modernization
    21. The Next Industrial Revolution, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins
    22. Ecological Modernization, John Barry
    Part Four: Green Social Critiques
    Section Eight: Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism
    23. The Shallow and the Deep, Long Range Ecology Movement: A Summary, Arne Naess
    24. Putting the Earth First, Dave Foreman
    25. Living by Life: Some Bioregional Theory and Practice, Jim Dodge
    26. Paths beyond Human-centredness, Val Plumwood
    Section Nine: Social and Socialist Ecology
    27. Society and Ecology, Murray Bookchin
    28. Toward an Ecological Feminism and a Feminist Ecology, Ynestra King
    29. Ecosocialism, Joel Kovel
    Section Ten: Environmental Justice
    30. Principles of Environmental Justice, First National People of Colour Environmental Leadership Summit
    31. Environmental Justice in the 21st Century, Robert Bullard
    32. Women of Colour on the Front Line, Celene Krauss
    Section Eleven: Southern and Indigenous Perspectives
    33. On Poverty and Globalization, Vandana Shiva
    34. Environmentalism and the Poor, Ramachandra Guha and Juan M. Alier
    35. Introduction to All My Relations, Winona LaDuke
    36. Overturning the Doctrine: Indigenous People and Wilderness - Being Aboriginal in the Environment Movement, Fabienne Bayet
    Part Five: Society, The State and The Environment
    Section Twelve: The Green Movement
    37. Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, Paul Wapner
    38. Farewell to the Green Movement? Political Action and the Green Public Sphere, Doug Torgerson
    39. The Politics of Networking in the Grassroots Environmental Justice Movement, David Schlosberg
    40. Green Parties in the National Governments: From Protest to Acquiescence?, Thomas Poguntke
    Section Thirteen: Ecological Democracy
    41. The Politics of the Risk Society, Ulrich Beck
    42. Political and Ecological Communication, John S. Dryzek
    43. Environmental Citizenship, Andrew Dobson

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