International Politics and the Environment provides a sophisticated overview of the theories, concepts and methods central to the complex and contentious field of International Environmental Politics (IEP). Ronald Mitchell carefully introduces students to the political processes involved in both causing and resolving international environmental problems. Each fully integrated chapter:
- Links environmental policy to politics, bringing in a wide range of practical real-life examples
- Deepens students' theoretical understanding, helping them to identify and explain international environmental problems and their solutions
- Goes beyond description and develops students' ability to evaluate claims about outcomes in international environmental politics through empirical testing.
A rounded, in-depth examination of IEP, this book has been specifically written for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in global environmental politics and modules of broader international relations programs.
Chapter 1: Explaining International Environmental Politics
Explaining International Environmental Politics
International environmental politics is the study of the human impacts on the environment that garner international attention and the efforts that states take to address them. If international relations is the study of both the conflicts that arise among states and the cooperative efforts states make to address such conflicts as well as shared problems, international environmental politics is the study of the cooperation and conflict among governments that surround environmental degradation, natural resource use, and other human-generated impacts on the Earth and the efforts to address them.
Humans have been transforming the natural environment for thousands of years (Turner et al., 1990). So long as humans lived in relatively small groups of hunter-gatherers, their impacts did not differ ...