The global community's ability to deal effectively with
environmental problems is contingent on the successful integration of
international relations theory with ecological thought. Yet, while most
scholars and policymakers recognize the connection between these two
interrelated branches of study, no substantial dialogue exists between
them. This volume seeks to fill the lacuna with an original
International Ecopolitical Theory assembles some of the top
thinkers in the field to provide an invaluable overview of the main
critical strands of theory in global environmental politics. By framing
the environmental question within a historical and philosophical
context, it highlights problems inherent in economistic and managerial
approaches to sustainable development policy.
Emphasizing environmental consciousness as a cultural norm in an
evolving set of global relations, it tackles important debates on
naturalism, foundationalism, and radical ecology. Ultimately, it makes
a convincing case for the necessity of a critical international
relations theory duly informed by the paradoxes of ecological
governance. With contributions from experts in political science,
philosophy, ecology, history, geography, and systems theory, this
collection will have an impact across many disciplines.
Eric Laferriere is Co-Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Program and Co-Chair of the Department of Humanities, Philosophy and Religion at John Abbott College, Quebec. Peter J. Stoett is Chair of the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal.
Preface Introduction: Exploring International Ecopolitical Theory / Eric Laferriere and Peter J. Stoett 1 Environmental Security: Ecology or International Relations? / Simon Dalby 2 The Place of History in International Relations and Ecology: Discourses of Environmentalism in the Colonial Era / Rosalind Warner 3 From Economics to Ecology: Toward New Theory for International Environmental Politics / Neil E. Harrison 4 Nietzsche's Conception of Life as Overcoming: Implications for Managing Ecosystems / Denis Madore 5 Ecology and Critical Theories: A Problematic Synthesis / Eivind Hovden 6 IR Theory, Green Political Theory, and Critical Approaches: What Prospects? / Martin Weber 7 Social Constructivism, International Relations Theory, and Ecology / Paul Williams Conclusion: Following the Critical Path / Eric Laferriere and Peter J. Stoett Notes References Contributors Index