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The green state : rethinking democracy and sovereignty

Author: Robyn Eckersley
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Eckersley, Robyn, 1958-
Green state.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2003061436
(OCoLC)52860194
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Eckersley
ISBN: 9780262272131 026227213X 1417560428 9781417560424 0262550563 9780262550567 0262050749 9780262050746
OCLC Number: 57182714
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 331 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The State and Global Anarchy --
3. The State and Global Capitalism --
4. The Limits of the Liberal Democratic State --
5. From Liberal to Ecological Democracy --
6. The Greening of the Democratic State --
7. Cosmopolitan Democracy versus the Transnational State --
8. Green Evolutions in Sovereignty --
Conclusion: Sovereignty and Democracy Working Together.
Responsibility: Robyn Eckersley.

Abstract:

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.

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