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International Ecopolitical Theory

Critical Approaches

The global community’s ability to deal effectively with environmental problems is contingent on the successful integration of international relations theory with ecological thought. Yet, while most scholars and policymakers recognize the connection between these two interrelated branches of study, no substantial dialogue exists between them. This volume seeks to fill the lacuna with an original synthesis. By framing the environmental question within a historical and philosophical context, it highlights problems inherent in economistic and managerial approaches to sustainable development policy. Emphasizing environmental consciousness as a cultural norm in an evolving set of global relations, it tackles important debates on naturalism, foundationalism, and radical ecology.

176 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Exploring International Ecopolitical Theory / Eric Laferrière and Peter J. Stoett

1 Environmental Security: Ecology or International Relations? / Simon Dalby

2 The Place of History in International Relations and Ecology: Discourses of Environmentalism in the Colonial Era / Rosalind Warner

3 From Economics to Ecology: Toward New Theory for International Environmental Politics / Neil E. Harrison

4 Nietzsche’s Conception of Life as Overcoming: Implications for Managing Ecosystems / Denis Madore

5 Ecology and Critical Theories: A Problematic Synthesis / Eivind Hovden

6 IR Theory, Green Political Theory, and Critical Approaches: What Prospects? / Martin Weber

7 Social Constructivism, International Relations Theory, and Ecology / Paul Williams

Conclusion: Following the Critical Path / Eric Laferrière and Peter J. Stoett

Notes

References

Contributors

Index

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