Synopses & Reviews
The Montreal Protocol has been cited as the most successful global environmentaland#160;agreement, responsible for phasing out the use of ozone-depleting substances. But, says Brian Gareau in this provocative and engaging book, the Montreal Protocol has failedand#8212;largely because of neoliberal ideals involving economic protectionism but also due to the protection of the legitimacy of certain forms of scientific knowledge. Gareau traces the rise of a new form of disagreementand#160;among global powers, members of the scientific community, civil society, and agro-industry groups, leaving them relatively ineffective in their efforts to push for environmental protection.
"Excellent. . . will spur a flurry of much-needed debate and scholarship."and#8212;Michael Goldman, author of Imperial Nature
and#8220;From Precaution to Profit makes great strides in better understanding the intertwined issues of political economy, global environmental issues, and contested societal responsesand#8230;. The documentation and readable storytelling actually puts this among the most insightful writings Iand#8217;ve read on ozone politics since Richard Benedickand#8217;s 1998 Ozone Diplomacy.and#8221;and#8212;Max Boykoff, University of Colorado
"If you thought that the Montreal Protocol stands as a beacon of hope for future intergovernmental cooperation to tackle environmental problems, then you need to think again. By looking beyond the early success of the Protocol, Brian Gareau shows how profit-hungry agro-foods companies have sought to place their private interests above those of the public and the non-human world. The Protocol, it turns out, has been subject to the same neoliberal mindset that has so far compromised attempts to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. If this mindset canand#8217;t be broken soon, then the environmental future looks very bleak indeed."and#8212;Noel Castree, Manchester University
andquot;This extraordinary story of California strawberry growers and neo-liberalism holding the crucial Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion to ransom simply must be read by anyone concerned about the global environment.andquot;andmdash;Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change, Balsillie School of International Affairs
and#8220;A lesser author would have concluded with unqualified pessimism. To his credit, Gareau uses his analysis as an opportunity to explore lessons and possible solutions. This is an extremely important book.and#8221; and#8212;Choice
About the Author
Brian J. Gareau is assistant professor of sociology and international studies at Boston College. As part of his research on global environmental governance, he attended Montreal Protocol meetings around the world, from Montreal to Dakar, from Geneva to Nairobi, over a period of four years. He lives in Concord, MA.