Global Environmental Politics: Fifth Edition

by Pamela S. Chasek, Janet Welsh Brown, David L. Downie

Published: January 2010
Publisher: Westview Press
Pages: 504
ISBN: 9780813344423


Overview of Global Environmental Politics: Fifth Edition

Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence—from companies touting energy-saving products to politicians debating how to best address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns—it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. For nearly twenty years, Global Environmental Politics has provided an up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased introduction to the world’s most pressing environmental issues, and the fifth edition continues this tradition. Offering a comprehensive yet concise overview of the environment and international politics, this updated edition includes new material on the latest international environmental regimes, climate change, the environmental challenges of free trade and globalization, and the growing role of the environment in global security. It is vital reading for anyone wishing to understand the current state of the field and to make informed decisions about which policies might best safeguard our environment for the future.

Synopsis of Global Environmental Politics: Fifth Edition

This comprehensive introduction to the process and politics of global environmental policy-making features expanded case studies, updated and revised material, and a new chapter assessing the future.

About the Author, Pamela S. Chasek

Pamela S. Chasek is associate professor of political science and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College. She is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including The Global Environment in the 21st Century and Earth Negotiations. She is also the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on environment and development negotiations at the United Nations published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

David L. Downie is director of environmental studies and associate professor of political science at Fairfield University. The author or editor of a variety of publications, his most recent works include Climate Change: A Reference Handbook; The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy; and Northern Lights against POPs: Combating Toxic Threats in the Arctic. Prior to joining Fairfield University in 2008, Dr. Downie spent 14 years at Columbia University where he taught courses in environmental politics and helped lead several educational and research programs.

Janet Welsh Brown is a former senior policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, former executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and a former member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth. She has taught a variety of courses in international relations and environmental politics at the University of Washington, the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

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