• Summary
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  • 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.

The International Emergence of Environmental Problems
The international emergence of environmental problems

Given the myriad impacts humans have on the environment, what determines which ones become topics for international discussion? On what basis and by what social processes do some anthropogenic (human-caused) environmental impacts emerge on the international stage as soon as they are identified while others languish for years with little or no international attention? This chapter explores the processes, actors, variables, and conditions that foster the emergence of certain environmental impacts on the international agenda. Although issue emergence is not sufficient for an environmental problem to be addressed internationally, it is certainly necessary. International action on a problem requires the prior discussion of that problem. And the factors that influence whether issues emerge onto ...

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