Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics

By Paul Wapner

Subjects: Environmental Studies
Series: SUNY series in International Environmental Policy and Theory
Paperback : 9780791427903, 248 pages, January 1996
Hardcover : 9780791427897, 248 pages, January 1996

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Table of contents


1.   Introduction

2.   The State and Environmental Challenges

3.   Greenpeace and Political Globalism

4.   World Wildlife Fund and Political Localism

5.   Friends of the Earth and Political Internationalism

6.   Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics





A theoretical study of the politics of transnational environmental activist groups such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the World Wildlife Fund that argues that environmental activists practice world civic politics and play a central role in the way the world addresses environmental issues.

Paul Wapner is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at the American University.


"Grounded in a detailed examination of the actions of several leading environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the argument of this important book is relevant far beyond the realm of environmental issues. Wapner adds empirical depth to the gathering sense that the activities of nonstate actors are giving rise to influential forms of global governance that operate partially or even wholly outside the states system. " — Oran R. Young, Director, The Institute on International Environmental Governance, Dartmouth College

"This book is a pleasure to read. It offers fresh insights into the ways NGOs operate and the types of roles they play in the world political system and will be recognized as a significant contribution to the literature on international NGOs. " — Marvin S. Soroos, North Carolina State University

"This insightful and well-written book provides an engaging analysis of how transnational environmental activists are creating social change and a global civil society. Too rarely do activists have the opportunity to see their efforts put into the context of the evolving nature of world politics. I recommend it to anyone interested in transnational politics and environmental activism. " — Joshua Handler, Greenpeace International