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The Green State : Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty - Robyn Eckersley

The Green State

Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty

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What would constitute a definitively "green" state? In this important new book, Robyn Eckersley explores what it might take to create a green democratic state as an alternative to the classical liberal democratic state, the indiscriminate growth-dependent welfare state, and the neoliberal market-focused state--seeking, she writes, "to navigate between undisciplined political imagination and pessimistic resignation to the status quo." In recent years, most environmental scholars and environmentalists have characterized the sovereign state as ineffectual and have criticized nations for perpetuating ecological destruction. Going consciously against the grain of much current thinking, this book argues that the state is still the preeminent political institution for addressing environmental problems. States remain the gatekeepers of the global order, and greening the state is a necessary step, Eckersley argues, toward greening domestic and international policy and law. "The Green State" seeks to connect the moral and practical concerns of the environmental movement with contemporary theories about the state, democracy, and justice. Eckersley's proposed "critical political ecology" expands the boundaries of the moral community to include the natural environment in which the human community is embedded. This is the first book to make the vision of a "good" green state explicit, to explore the obstacles to its achievement, and to suggest practical constitutional and multilateral arrangements that could help transform the liberal democratic state into a postliberal green democratic state. Rethinking the state in light of the principles of ecological democracy ultimately casts it in a new role: that of an ecological steward and facilitator of transboundary democracy rather than a selfish actor jealously protecting its territory.

"A magnificent achievement which will be a key point of reference for years to come." - Andrew Dobson, Department of Government and Politics, Open University."

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Why the Green State?p. 1
Aims and Method: Critical Political Ecologyp. 8
Working toward the Green State: A Provisional Starting Pointp. 11
Three Core Challengesp. 13
The State and Global Anarchyp. 19
Environmental Realpolitiks and the Tragedy of the Commonsp. 19
Neoliberalism, Environmental Regimes, and the Limits of Problem Solvingp. 28
Critical Constructivism and Social Learningp. 33
Not One but Many "Cultures of Anarchy"p. 43
Toward Structural Transformation?p. 48
The State and Global Capitalismp. 53
The Decline of the State?p. 53
Eco-Marxism, the Welfare State, and Legitimation Crisisp. 54
From the Welfare State to the Competition Statep. 65
Ecological Modernization: Just a New Competitive Strategy?p. 70
Globalization, Sustainability, and the Statep. 79
The Limits of the Liberal Democratic Statep. 85
The Liberal Democratic State: Not Reflexive Enough?p. 85
The Ecological Critique of the Administrative Statep. 88
The Ecological Critique of Liberal Democracyp. 93
An Immanent Ecological Critique of Liberal Dogmasp. 104
From Liberal to Ecological Democracyp. 111
Ecological Democracy: An Ambit Claimp. 111
The Intuitive Green Appeal of Deliberative Democracyp. 115
Representing "Excluded Others": The Moral and Epistemological Challengesp. 119
Representing "Excluded Others": The Political and Institutional Challengesp. 127
The Greening of the Democratic Statep. 139
From Ecological Democracy to the Green Democratic Statep. 139
The State, Civil Society, and the Public Spherep. 142
A Green Critique and Reconstruction of the Habermasian Democratic Statep. 150
Realizing the Potential of the Public Spherep. 153
From Pragmatic to Moral Deliberation (and Back Again)p. 164
Cosmopolitan Democracy versus the Transnational Statep. 171
Principles of Democratic Governance: Belongingness versus Affectednessp. 171
Communitarian or Cosmopolitan Democracyp. 179
The Transnational State as a Facilitator of Ecological Citizenshipp. 190
Unit-Driven Transformation and the Power of Examplep. 198
Green Evolutions in Sovereigntyp. 203
Green Evolutions in Sovereigntyp. 203
New Developments in Global Environmental Law and Policyp. 211
Environmental Multilateralism: General Developmentsp. 211
State Responsibility for Environmental Harmp. 217
The Right to Develop: Economic versus Environmental Justice?p. 221
Ecological Security and New Norms of Intervention?p. 224
Ecological Harm, Nonintervention, and Ecologically Responsible Statehoodp. 228
Conclusion: Sovereignty and Democracy Working Togetherp. 241
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780262550567
ISBN-10: 0262550563
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 8th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.48