Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

State and Environment: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

State and Environment: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance

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Duit, Andreas (Ed.). State and Environment: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 2014. 363 pp., illus. ISBN 9780262027120. US $ 35.00, paperbound.

The United States is deep into its latest presidential election cycle and despite all the debates and media appearances by the candidates, there has been scant mention of the environment. This speaks to how candidates attract voters which in turn speaks to environmental governance, which is the subject of the book at hand. It is a collection of papers initially presented at "Mapping the Politics of Ecology," a workshop held in Stockholm in 2010; all of the authors are associated with universities from around the globe.

The book is organized into three parts. Those new to the concept of "environmental governance" will find a well-structured overview of the topic in the introduction. Thereafter, a thematic grouping emerges. Part I, "Understanding Environmental Performance," includes a fine review article on comparing environmental performance. The second paper examines environmental politics in 24 OECD countries, the third paper describes three worlds of environmental politics-liberal, corporatist, and social-democratic, and the last paper examines how wind-power development has evolved in Germany and the United States.

Part II, "Environmental Governance and Citizenship from a Comparative Perspective" includes three papers that critically examine 1) cross-national patterns of policy change, 2) European states and their role in governing sustainable development, and 3) the role citizens and consumers can play as agents of their own environmental state.

Part III, "Natural Resource Management in a Comparative Perspective" includes three core papers and a conclusion to the entire volume. …

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