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Handbook of Global Environmental Politics

Edited by Peter Dauvergne

The first Handbook of original articles by leading scholars of global environmental politics, this landmark volume maps the latest theoretical and empirical research in this young and growing field. Captured here are the dynamic and energetic debates over concerns for the health of the planet and how they might best be addressed.
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Chapter 1: Global Environmental Politics: Handbook Topics and Themes

Peter Dauvergne


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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