Global Warming and Global Politics

Global warming has become established as the major environmental issue on the international political agenda. It is also commonly understood to be the most difficult problem to solve politically. The entrenched interests of powerful parts of industry as well as those of many states are threatened by attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Global Warming and Global Politics is the first systematic study of the politics of global warming. Matthew Paterson looks closely at the major theories of international relations in order to establish what they have to offer in helping us understand global warming as a political issue. After discussing the dominant neorealist and neoliberal institutionalist models, Paterson concludes that both political economists and those developing more discursive approaches to international relations have much to offer to a study of the area. He goes on to suggest that the significant tensions between these two approaches provide rich ground for further analysis.

Global Warming and Global Politics makes a significant contribution to our understanding of international relations in general and international environmental politics in particular. Its combination of theory and empirical work will also make it a very useful text for students of international relations and of environmental politics.

Matthew Paterson is Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University.

Environmental Politics

Edited by Michael Waller, University of Keele, and Stephen Young, University of Manchester

The fate of the planet is an issue of major concern to governments throughout the world and is likely to retain its hold on the agenda of national administrations due to international pressures. As an object of academic study, environmental politics is developing an increasingly high profile: there is a great need for definition of the field and for a more comprehensive coverage of its concerns. This new series will provide this definition and coverage, presenting books in three broad categories:

• new social movements and green parties;

• the making and implementation of environmental policy;

Forthcoming titles:

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