This book provides the most detailed and comprehensive examination to date of the impact of environmentalism upon contemporary political thought. It sets out to disentangle the various strands of Green political thought and explain their relationship to the major Western political traditions. Environmentalism and Political Theory represents the consolidation of a new field of political inquiry that is destined to become an increasingly important component of political studies and political reporting worldwide. An interdisciplinary study that builds bridges between environmental philosophy, ecological thought, and political inquiry, this book employs a range of new insights from environmental philosophy to outline a particular Green political perspective.
Robyn Eckersley is Australian Research Council Fellow, Centre for Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania.
"Green political theory is the most exciting new area of inquiry for political theory scholars. The author's scholarship significantly advances that inquiry. This area is also important for the future of life on planet Earth, as the presently dominant political theories are leading us to an environmental catastrophe. I have long perceived the need for this kind of book. " — Lester Milbrath, State University of New York at Buffalo
"The environmental crisis is the most serious crisis we have ever faced. It cannot be approached without a comprehensive understanding that is interdisciplinary. The political philosophy of this book addresses this reality. The environmental crisis, as the author points out, is not a technical problem but involves our culture and character structures. The old political ideologies and left-right distinctions are no longer useful. Thus the need for a transevaluation and new ecocentrically based transformative theories and practices. We need to revision our comprehensive understanding of political theory and worldview. This book makes significant contributions to these ends. " — Alan R. Drengson, University of Victoria, British Columbia