American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State

By Stephen Hopgood | Go to book overview

Introduction

It may seem perverse to be arguing for the relevance of the state in the era of the global village, an impression reinforced when international environmental politics constitute the subject matter. Few, if any, issues pose such complex problems both for the autonomy and sovereignty of states. Nevertheless, it is the argument of this book that an analysis of foreign environmental policy-making contributes significantly to an understanding of exactly how the growth of non-state actors and of awkward transnational issues impacts upon the state itself, the core institution for traditional theories of international relations. This project has two dimensions: a focus on explanations of foreign policy in the context of theories of the state and international relations, and an empirical assessment of how one state in particular has formulated its foreign environmental policy since 1965.

In the last thirty years, environmental politics have emerged as a major new issue on the international political agenda.1 Although environmental problems had been the subject of both national and international discussion before, events since the 1960s have represented a qualitative change. Prior to this, concern had focused largely on fears about the exhaustion of natural resources and the side-effects of industrial development. In 1909, for example, US President Theodore Roosevelt called a world conference on conservation (it was later cancelled by President Taft). Acid rain had been diagnosed as early as the seventeenth century and, in the

____________________
1
Among the growing number of introductory guides to international environmental politics are Andrew Hurrell and Benedict Kingsbury (eds.), The International Politics of the Environment ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992); Caroline Thomas , The Environment in International Relations ( London: RIIA, 1992); John McCormick , The Global Environmental Movement. Reclaiming Paradise ( London: Belhaven Press, 1989); Matthew Paterson, Global Warming and Global Politics ( London: Routledge, 1996); John Vogler and Mark F. Imber (eds.), The Environment and International Relations ( London: Routledge, 1996); Ian H. Rowlands, The Politics of Global Atmospheric Change ( Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995); and Gareth Porter and Janet Welsh Brown, Global Environmental Politics ( Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1991).

-1-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 262

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.