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Prs - Polity Resources #2: Timber


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Timber is a vital resource that is all around us. It is the house that shelters us, the furniture we relax in, the books we read, the paper we print, the disposable diapers for our babies, and the boxes that contain our cereal, detergent, and new appliances. The way we produce and consume timber, however, is changing. With international timber companies and big box discount retailers increasingly controlling through global commodity chains where and how much timber is traded, the world's remaining old-growth forests, particularly in the developing world, are under threat of disappearing - all for the price of a consumer bargain.

This trailblazing book is the first to expose what's happening inside corporate commodity chains with conclusions that fundamentally challenge our understanding of how and why deforestation persists. Authors Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister reveal how timber now moves through long and complex supply chains from the forests of the global South through the factories of emerging economies like China to the big box retail shelves of Europe and North America. Well-off consumers are getting unprecedented deals. But the social and environmental costs are extraordinarily high as corporations mine the world's poorest regions and most vulnerable ecosystems.

The growing power of big retail within these commodity chains is further increasing South-North inequities and unsustainable global consumption. Yet, as this book's highly original analysis uncovers, it is also creating some intriguing opportunities to promote more responsible business practices and better global forest governance.

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Dauvergne and Lister (both political science, U. of British Columbia) take an in-depth look at the relationship between the 21st-century international timber industry and global corporate commodity chains, and the detrimental social and environmental impacts of this relationship on developing countries. The study examines the role played by high-consuming, developed countries, as the tropical forests of the South provide the raw materials transformed by emerging countries, such as China, into cheap products for multinational discount retailers in the North. Through this process, big box stores maintain profits and serve bargain-hunting consumers. The authors discuss the need for increased internal and external governance of global commodity chains to reverse the current trends. Distributed by Wiley. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

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1 The Global Political Economy of Timber
2 The Power of Big Retail
3 The Northern Forest and Paper Multinationals
4 The Rise of the Third World
5 Consuming the South
6 Governing Timber Consumption
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Dauvergne, Peter
Polity Press
Lister, Jane
Environmental Engineering-Forestry
Natural Resources
PRS - Polity Resources series
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229 x 152 x 15 mm 24 oz

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Business » General
Engineering » Environmental Engineering » Forestry
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Management

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