International Environmental Politics

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Edited by: Ronald B. Mitchell

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2008 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446262108 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412930055 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446262108 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of International Relations |
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Abstract

International environmental politics is an important component of both current scholarship in, and the curricula of, departments of international relations, international studies, and political science in the United States and around the world. These four volumes bring together the very strongest writings from the scholarly literature on the increasingly important topic of international environmental politics, selected from a diverse range of disciplines and publications. The collection sheds light on the political sources of global environmental problems, the processes by which states negotiate solutions to them, and the efforts of international institutions to address them.

Volume 1: Global environmental problems and their sources

Volume 2: International environmental agenda setting and policy formation

Volume 3: The effects of international environmental institutions

Volume 4: International environmental issues and international environmental debates

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  • Editor's Introduction: International Environmental Politics
    RonaldB.Mitchell

    What are the political, economic, and social forces that cause the numerous international environmental problems the globe currently faces? Why do some of these environmental problems become part of the international agenda while others do not? Why are solutions devised for some problems on the international agenda but not for others? Why do some policy solutions mitigate – and sometimes eliminate – the problems they address while others fail miserably? Finally, what determines global society's success at evaluating and improving its attempts to protect the global environment? These questions regarding various stages of the international policy process constitute the primary focus of a growing literature on international environmental politics and policy (IEP).

    Scholars working in this subfield face an uneasy tension ...

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