Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745333397 Published October 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745333458 Published October 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Green Parties, Green Future

From Local Groups to the International Stage

Per Gahrton

Green Parties, Green Future

Per Gahrton

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745333397 Published October 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745333458 Published October 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Even as the world has struggled to deal with ever-more-threatening environmental problems, Green parties around the world have made great political strides in the past four decades. Green parties have been elected to parliaments and local governments, and a common set of Green priorities has begun to play a major role at all levels of political decision making.
 
This book traces that rise and explores questions vital to the future of Green politics on the international stage. Drawing on the experience of Green parties worldwide, Per Gahrton tells the story of the expansion and development of the movement and addresses crucial questions of what may happen as Green parties become more accustomed to wielding power. It will be essential reading for Green and progressive activists around the globe, as well as for anyone interested in environmental issues.
Contents
Preface
Introduction

1. The Green Awakening
2. Green philosophy, science and social theory
3. Green parties all over the world
4. Green policies: Building stones of a Green ideology
5. Greens in Governments
6. Green global governance for the 21st century
7. Green parties in hundred countries

Literature
Index
Review Quotes
Sara Parkin, founder and director, Forum for the Future and author of The Positive Deviant: Sustainability Leadership in a Perverse World
“Per Gahrton’s experience as a parliamentarian, organizer, and activist combines with his skills as a journalist and sociologist to tell an admirably coherent and wonderfully readable story about Green parties and their politics worldwide. Much really helpful learning for those inside or outside the movement, about not only the past, but also what needs to happen next.”
Frank Habineza, founding president of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and president of the African Greens Federation
“Per Gahrton’s book is a must-read for all Green Party politicians and activists all over the world. Not only does it detail all the long walk to a greener future but also drives us back into the past and helps us avoid similar political errors. It’s very motivating for young Green politicians, since it proves that Greens can indeed make a political difference and can be the real alternative needed by our countries.”
Claudia Roth, German Green Party MP and vice president, German Bundestag
Green Parties, Green Future by Per Gahrton is an important and outstanding contribution to the debate on the origins, the philosophy, and the global spread of Green parties. This worldwide overview and comparative consideration of Green party action and Green thinking fills a gap in contemporary political history. With his long experience and deep insights in Green politics and the Greens’ everyday reality all over Europe and the world, combined with his ability to take the perspective of intellectual distance and objective criticism, Per Gahrton—like no one else can—provides a comprehensive picture of the global Green party family across time and space.”
Wolfgang Rüdig, University of Strathclyde
“Based on his extensive practical experience as a leading green activist over many decades, Per Gahrton provides a fascinating overview of key debates and developments, with unique insights into the internal life of Green parties in Europe and across the world.”
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