Chapter 1: Global Environmental Politics: Handbook Topics and Themes
Peter Dauvergne This book brings together many of the world’s leading scholars of global environmental politics. Much of the foundational literature in this ﬁeld is only a decade or so old. The core debates are therefore still dynamic and energetic. The intellectual arguments are vigorous, but almost never acrimonious, and scholars of global environmental politics are remarkably tolerant (especially of a demanding editor). Perhaps the shared concern for the health of the planet diffuses the desire for petty squabbles within some ﬁelds. Or perhaps it feels pointless to feud with others after the daily toil of thinking and teaching about looming doom and catastrophe. Whatever the reason, the collegiality of this ﬁeld made my task as editor seem, well, not a task at all, but rather an honour and a break from my more laborious duties. The book is split into four parts: an introductory section on the history of research; states, governance and security; capitalism, trade and corporations; and civil societies, knowledge and ethics.1 The introductory chapters draw on the research in this book to examine the intellectual trends and evolving parameters of the ﬁeld of global environmental politics. These chapters make a case for an expansive deﬁnition of the ﬁeld, one that embraces an interdisciplinary literature on the connections between global politics and environmental change with a focus on thematic topics like states, regimes, sovereignty, institutions, capitalism, trade, corporations, ﬁnancing, security, ethics, civil societies and private global governance. They point to several notable trends, including a deepening...
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