• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Defining and Distinguishing International Environmental Problems
Defining and distinguishing international environmental problems

Before analyzing the processes of international environmental politics, it is useful to define what international environmental problems are, to review the history of their development, and to develop conceptual categories of such problems. This chapter starts by defining international environmental problems and by asking how we can distinguish environmental problems from other problems, domestic problems from international problems, and problems from non-problems. It then describes the appearance of international environmental problems on the international agenda and how the mix of problems addressed on that agenda has changed over time. The rest of the chapter outlines categories that allow the identification of similar political patterns and dynamics across problems that are quite diverse, in an ...

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