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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262515822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262515825
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An extraordinarily important book that hits a grand slam for its conceptual, theoretical, pedagogical, and practical breakthroughs. Paths to a Green World should be on the required reading list for any serious course on international environmental policy. I have used it in my course ever since the first edition, and will continue to do so until the day I retire." Benjamin Cashore , Professor of Environmental Governance and Political Science, Yale University "There is much to admire about the second edition of Paths to a Green World. The book provides an authoritative yet concise introduction to the political economy of the global environment; it is written in an accessible and engaging style; and it offers a nuanced interpretation of the scholarly literature and political debate on the environmental impact of globalization, trade, finance, and production. Essential for students and teachers alike." Robert Falkner , London School of Economics and Political Science

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Jennifer Clapp is CIGI Chair in International Governance and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is the coauthor of Paths to a Green World (MIT Press, 2005). Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of the award-winning The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press) and other books.

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a really useful and clear book! Found this book by chance while trying to write an O.U assginment on world financial governance and environmental management. This book helped a lot to clarify and logically arrange a whole lot of confusing information that I had to try and clarify and make sense of that the course had presented me with; this book did that. Only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that it would have been nice and useful to have a distinctive chapter on how things have changed specfically post the 2008 global financial crash
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Left unimpressed by the authors' rigid and generalising categorisations on environmental worldviews. Too simplistic and counterproductive in my opinion to divide the world into four camps and treat them as mutually exclusive.
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Economic Theory for Environmental Policy 30 Mar 2007
By doomsdayer520 - Published on
Format: Paperback
This potentially powerful book exhibits several weaknesses that will probably prevent it from realizing its potential influence. Fundamentally, the breakthrough of this study is the application of political economy theory to environmentalism. (Political economy focuses on the power relations that influence the production and consumption of resources, while striving to determine the role of control - thus combining the strengths of economics and political science while avoiding the inherent reductionism of both.) This leads to very informative results for the layperson who is interested in how environmental policy works, with in-depth coverage of a great many different aspects of economic theory and how they influence the politics of environmental policy formation. Another bonus of this book is its global coverage of influential environmental leaders and organizations on the international stage.

Unfortunately, there is a severe structural problem with this book's overall argument, as the authors parse knowledgeable environmentalists into four arbitrary categories - market liberals, institutionalists, bioenvironmentalists, and social greens - though there is deficient empirical support for the definitions of these four categories, or reasonable evidence that any concerned person would fit neatly into any one (or several) of the definitions. The authors actually admit to this limitation freely and state that the categorization is only meant for discussion purposes. Fair enough, but the entire book is structured strictly on the unproven existence of those four categories anyway, with each chapter introducing an issue and applying it to the supposed belief systems of each category. Another major structural problem with this book is its descriptive objectivity, making it almost entirely a compilation of existing information (though informatively presented, it should be noted), missing many opportunities for strong arguments. Thus, the book becomes an increasingly unreadable list of definitions, statistics, and acronyms with no compelling conclusions. Most fundamentally, the thinking environmental activist would find it difficult to make use of this book's information, except as background knowledge for understanding the motivations of differently-thinking allies. Environmental policy makers on the international stage could make more use of the theoretical information here, but whether the book was truly written for them, and how they could be inspired to make use of it, remain unclear. [~doomsdayer520~]
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Basis for dialogue 11 May 2008
By S. Mosher - Published on
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Many people are working diligently on environmental issues, but they often disagree because they don't see the world the same way. The authors classify those who are serious about building sustainability into four worldviews -- market liberals, institutionalists, bioenvironmentalists, and social greens. The classification may be somewhat arbitrary, but by clarifying the values and positions of each group, the authors make a major contribution to improving dialogue among those who think that environmental cures will come from different directions.
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Difficult Read 14 Dec 2012
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I did not enjoy this book. It was hard to follow and it was not entertaining. Informative but not easily understood.
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Thanks for the message, Taylor 13 Feb 2011
By Catalina - Published on
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The book was exactly as it was mentioned on Amazon and most importantly, it arrived on time.
The condition of the book was good.
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