Earthly Goods: Environmental Change and Social Justice

By Fen Osler Hampson; Judith Reppy | Go to book overview

Preface

THIS book has its origins in a 1992-93 series of workshops and a conference on global environmental change and social justice organized jointly by the Peace Studies Program at Cornell University, Carleton University, and Université d'Ottawa.Our aim was to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to tackle together the knotty issues raised for environmental policymaking when social justice concerns are taken seriously. Participants included philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, historians, geographers, economists, biological scientists, and lawyers. Construction of a shared discourse among so many disciplines did not come easily, but we were rewarded in the final conference by a sustained discussion of the issues raised in this book. Most of the papers included here were presented at both a workshop and the final conference, and all have been revised in response to group discussion.

The book covers four major themes. Henry Shue, Wendy Donner, Will Kymlicka, and lain Wallace and David Knight lay out alternative frameworks for evaluating social justice from different philosophical perspectives. Christian Reus-Smit, Joseph Camilleri, and Smitu Kothari discuss the role of the state and of substate actors in the international politics of the environment. Sheila Jasanoff and Steven Yearley take up the question of the role of science in framing the debate on global environmental change and the use of science as a resource by various actors in actual negotiations.Finally, Peter Timmerman provides an account of international negotiations in which the themes of

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