International Ecopolitical Theory
176 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jul 2007
Release Date:05 Oct 2006

International Ecopolitical Theory

Critical Approaches

UBC Press

The global community’s ability to deal effectively withenvironmental problems is contingent on the successful integration ofinternational relations theory with ecological thought. Yet, while mostscholars and policymakers recognize the connection between these twointerrelated branches of study, no substantial dialogue exists betweenthem. This volume seeks to fill the lacuna with an originalsynthesis.

International Ecopolitical Theory assembles some of the topthinkers in the field to provide an invaluable overview of the maincritical strands of theory in global environmental politics. By framingthe environmental question within a historical and philosophicalcontext, it highlights problems inherent in economistic and managerialapproaches to sustainable development policy.

Emphasizing environmental consciousness as a cultural norm in anevolving set of global relations, it tackles important debates onnaturalism, foundationalism, and radical ecology. Ultimately, it makesa convincing case for the necessity of a critical internationalrelations theory duly informed by the paradoxes of ecologicalgovernance. With contributions from experts in political science,philosophy, ecology, history, geography, and systems theory, thiscollection will have an impact across many disciplines.

Eric Laferrière is Co-Coordinator of the Liberal ArtsProgram and Co-Chair of the Department of Humanities, Philosophy andReligion at John Abbott College, Quebec. Peter J.Stoett is Chair of the Department of Political Science atConcordia University in Montreal.


Introduction: Exploring International Ecopolitical Theory / EricLaferrière 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 / RosalindWarner

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

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

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

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

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

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





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