Green States and Social Movements
Environmentalism in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Norway
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Green States and Social Movements by John S. Dryzek
Book DescriptionSocial movements take shape in relation to the kind of state they face, while over time states are transformed by the movements that they both incorporate and resist. Green States and Social Movements is a comparative study of the environmental movement's successes and failures in four very different states: the USA, UK, Germany and Norway. The history covers the entire sweep of the modern environmental era that begins in 1970. The end in view is a green transformation of the state and society on a par with earlier transformations that gave us first the liberal capitalist state and then the welfare state. The authors explain why such a transformation is now most likely in Germany, and why it is least likely in the United States, which has lost the status of environmental pioneer that it gained in the early 1970s. Their comparative analysis also explains the role played by social movements in making modern societies more deeply democratic, and yields insights into the strategic choices of environmental movements as they decide on what terms to engage, enter or resist the state. Sometimes it makes sense for a movement to act conventionally, as a green party or set of interest groups. But sometimes inclusion can mean co-optation, in which case a movement can instead emphasize action in and through civil society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199249022
(242mm x 162mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John S. Dryzek
Democratizing Global Climate Governance, Hardback (February 2014)
This book provides a fresh perspective on the state of global climate governance, offering innovative suggestions for improving its effectiveness and legitimacy.
Climate-challenged Society, Hardback (October 2013)
A short accessible introductory treatment of how climate change affects society, and how social, economic, and political systems can, do, and should respond.
Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Paperback (August 2013)
A systematic examination by the best writers in a variety of fields working on issues of how climate change affects society, and how social, economic, and political systems can, do, and should respond.
Politics of the Earth, Paperback (December 2012)» View all books by John S. Dryzek
Dryzek provides an accessible introduction to thinking about the environment by looking at the language used to discuss environmental issues. He looks at various approaches which have dominated environmental issues, from faith in unlimited economic growth to radical green politics, and concludes with a plea for ecological democracy.
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