Globalization and the Environment

Greening Global Political Economy

By Gabriela Kütting

Subjects: International Relations, Geography, Environmental Studies
Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
Paperback : 9780791461365, 175 pages, January 2007
Hardcover : 9780791461358, 175 pages, August 2004

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Table of contents


Part I: The Conceptual Argument for Eco-Holistic Analysis

1. A Critical Review of Global Political Economy from an Eco-Holistic Perspective

2. Linking Environment and Society

3. Cultural versus Political Economy Approaches: Production and Consumption

4. Equity, Environment, and Global Political Economy

Part II: Eco-Holism in Practice

5. The Political Economy of Garments, Especially Cotton

6. The Case of West Africa

7. Conclusion



SUNY series in Global Politics

Examines how globalization and the environment are connected issues.


This groundbreaking study brings together economic globalization and the environment as never before. Gabriela Kütting argues for an "eco-holistic" approach that merges social, political, economic, and environmental analysis, so that a globalizing political economy may be understood in relation to environmental and social concerns. Key to this merging are the historical dimension of environmental-societal relations, the concept of consumption, and the concept of equity. To illustrate the utility of the eco-holistic approach, Kütting draws out the linkages between social and environmental degradation in West Africa, environmental and economic policies in the North, and the shopping habits of individual consumers, using cotton agriculture and the globalizing political economy of textiles as a case study.

Gabriela Kütting is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University at Newark and the author of Environment, Society, and International Relations: Towards More Effective International Environmental Agreements.