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Political Theory and the Ecological Challenge Hardcover – September 4, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-0521838108 ISBN-10: 052183810X

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Book Description

This book, first published in 2006, brings together an international group of political theory scholars to think through the challenge that political ecology presents to political theory. Looking at fourteen familiar political ideologies and concepts such as liberalism, conservatism and justice, they question how they are re-shaped, distorted or transformed from an environmental perspective.

About the Author

Andrew Dobson is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the Open University, UK. He is the author of a number of books including Citizenship and the Environment (2003), Green Political Thought (2000) and Justice and the Environment (1998).

Robyn Eckersley is a Reader and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent books include The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (2004), and The State and the Global Ecological Crisis (2005, co-edited with John Barry).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052183810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521838108
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,598,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lack on November 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of essays looking at the challenge of the environmental movement from a variety of political perspectives; and investigating how that challenge impinges on a range of political concepts. As such, the opening chapter by Roger Scruton (on the challenge for Conservatism) was possibly designed to dispel any complacency the modern-day environmental student might have that he or she already knows what the book is going to say (e.g. Scruton attempts to defend the aristocratic monopoly on land ownership in Victorian Britain because it "removed assets from the market, protected them from pillage... and... withheld land and natural resources from exploitation..." [p.13-14]). Some readers might characterise the second chapter, by Marcel Wissenburg (on Liberalism), as going from the merely foolhardy to the downright ridiculous (as it is "...not uncommon to point to liberalism as the evil genius behind the ecological crisis" [p.20]). The third chapter, by Mary Mellor (on Socialism), suggests that concern for the environment "...greatly enhances the case for a redefined and refocused socialism" [p.35], by highlighting its tendency to focus on equal rights for all (humans at least); and its determination to avoid unhealthy concentrations of wealth (if not power)... And so the book goes on, looking at a range of political ideas and -isms. Therefore, I think there is something in here to challenge just about anyone's preconceptions. Ideological prisoners of all kinds could do a lot worse than read this book (but especially anybody inclined to believe anything written by climate change sceptics).
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