The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy, Edition 3

Cambridge University Press
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Environmental problems are firmly on the political agenda. The stark threat to the planet from climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution can no longer be ignored by governments, political parties, businesses or individuals. Responding to the considerable developments of the last decade, Neil Carter has updated his popular textbook thoroughly, while retaining the existing structure of previous editions. The Politics of the Environment continues to analyse the relationship between 'green ideas' and other political doctrines, the development of green parties and public policymaking, and environmental issues at international, national and local levels. It provides students with a comprehensive comparative introduction to ideas, activism and policy. New to this edition are discussions on climate justice, climate legislation and recent environmental struggles, such as demonstrations against fracking. It employs a variety of global examples and includes pedagogical features such as boxes, a glossary and guides to further study.
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Neil Carter teaches on environmental policy and green politics at the University of York, and has published widely on such areas as the environmental record of the European Parliament, how mainstream parties respond to environmental issues, UK climate policy and the implications of Brexit for the environment. He was a founding member of Environmental Politics, and was joint editor of the Journal for 14 years. His article reening the Mainstream: Party Politics and the Environment' won the 2015 American Political Science Association prize for the best paper in science, technology or environmental policy.

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Cambridge University Press
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Published on
Aug 31, 2018
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Pages
459
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ISBN
9781108686129
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Environmental Economics
Nature / Ecology
Political Science / Comparative Politics
Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
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