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Hardcover | Out of Print | 360 pp. | 6 x 8.9 in | November 1998 | ISBN: 9780262122115
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The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics

Edited by Karen T. Litfin


This is the first book to connect two important subfields in international relations: global environmental politics and the study of sovereignty--the state's exclusive authority within its territorial boundaries. The authors argue that the relationship between environmental practices and sovereignty is by no means straightforward and in fact elucidates some of the core issues and challenges in world politics today.Although a number of international relations scholars have assumed that transnational environmental organizations and institutions are eroding sovereignty, this book makes the case that ecological integrity and state sovereignty are not necessarily in opposition. It shows that the norms of sovereignty are now shifting in the face of attempts to cope with ecological destruction, but that this "greening" of sovereignty is an uneven, variegated, and highly contested process. By establishing that sovereignty is a socially constructed institution that varies according to time and place, with multiple meanings and changing practices, The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics illuminates the complexity of the relationship between sovereignty and environmental matters and casts both in a new light.Contributors : Daniel Deudney, Margaret Scully Granzeier, Joseph Henri Jupille, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Thom Kuehls, Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Karen T. Litfin, Marian A. L. Miller, Ronald B. Mitchell, Paul Wapner, Veronica Ward, Franke Wilmer.


“A welcome addition to the literature on the reconciliation of the historic concept of sovereignty and the need for national cooperation to protect the global environment. A prominent group of scholars address salient aspects of this complex issue.”
Dr. Lynton K. Caldwell, Indiana University
“This book exudes nuance. All its twelve essays delineate shades of meaning that both differentiate and synthesize the dynamics of environmental problems and those that sustain the sovereignty of states. The reader is thus left with a keen appreciation of the complexities of the environment-sovereignty nexus---those worldwide chalenges of nature that are subtly altering the extent to which states, singularly or collectively, can or cannot maintain their autonomy, authority, and control in confronting the challenges. Taken as a whole---and it is a coherent rather than disparate whole---these essays offer carefully framed and yet brilliant insights into what is surely among the world's most troublesome long-term dilemmas.”
James N. Rosenau, The George Washington University
“"A welcome addition to the literature on the reconciliation of thehistoric concept of sovereignty and the need for national cooperationto protect the global environment. A prominent group of scholarsaddress salient aspects of this complex issue." Lynton K. Caldwell , School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University”


Runner-up, 1998 Harold & Margaret Sprout Award given by the International Studies Association.