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The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discoursesby John S Dryzek
Synopses & Reviews
The Politics of the Earth provides an excellent and accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the way people use language on environmental issues. John Dryzek helps make sense of the diverse developments in environmental politics by analyzing the main discourses which have dominated the area during the last three decades, and which are likely to be influential in the future:
Survivalism - based on the contention that the Earth has a limited stock of resources and prescribes drastic, multidimensional action to prevent global disaster, receiving a reply from Prometheans who deny such limits exist.
Environmental Problem Solving - recognizes the existence of ecological problems but views them as tractable within the basic framework of industrial society.
Sustainability - defined by imaginative attempts to dissolve the conflicts between environmental and economic values.
Green Radicalism - rejects the basic structure of industrial society and the way the environment is conceptualized and promotes transformation in human consciousness, economics, and politics.
John Dryzek provides a comprehensive and lively assessment of these various perspectives, their rise and fall, their interaction and impacts, and their strengths and weaknesses. His analysis of these discourses leads up to a concluding argument for a reinvigorated ecological democracy.
The Politics of the Earth offers a new way of classifying and comparing the main strands of environmental politics. It will be fascinating and essential reading for all students of environmental politics and policy, and for anyone with an interest in environmental issues.
The Politics of the Earth provides an excellent and accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the way people use language on environmental issues. John Dryzek analyzes the various approaches which have dominated environmental issues over the last three decades, and which are likely to be influential in the future. These perspectives range from faith in unlimited economic growth to radical green politics. The history, interplay, and impact of these perspectives are analyzed and assessed, concluding with a plea for ecological democracy.
About the Author
John S. Dryzek is Head of the Social and Political Theory Programme at the Australian National University, Canberra. He is a former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Table of Contents
Part I Introduction
1. Making Sense of the Earth's Politics
Part II Global Limits and Their Denial
2. Looming Tragedy: Survivalism
3. Growth Forever: The Promethan Response
Part III Solving Environmental Problems
4. Leave it to the Experts: Administrative Rationalism
5. Leave it to the People: Democratic Pragmatism
6. Leave it to the Market: Economic Rationalism
Part IV The Quest for Sustainability
7. Environmentally Benign Growth: Sustainable Development
8. Industrial Society and Beyond: Ecological Modernization
Part V Green Radicalism
9. Changing People: Green Consciousness
10. Changing Society: Grenn Politics
Part VI Conclusion
11. Ecological Democracy
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