Pamela S. Chasek is a professor of political science at Manhattan College. She is the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on environment and development negotiations. She is also the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals, The Roads from Rio, The Global Environment in the 21st Century, and Earth Negotiations. David L. Downie is a professor in the environmental studies program and department of politics at Fairfield University. Prior to Fairfield, he taught graduate courses in environmental policy and helped to direct a number of educational programs at Columbia University. He has attended nearly 100 global environmental negotiations since 1990 and is the author of numerous publications on the creation and content of international environmental policy.
For 30 years scholars have turned to Global Environmental Politics to understand the depth and range of environmental issues addressed by sustainable development diplomacy. This latest edition arrives at the beginning of a critical decade of delivery against agreed Sustainable Development Goals. Compound crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are upon us. The institutions and mechanisms we have use to cooperate are threatened by the benign neglect of friends, outright attack of populist enemies and the complexity of issues and actors. This 8th edition is, therefore, an essential volume for every student interested in how we can live within planetary boundaries in societies and economies that work for everyone. - Rachel Kyte CMG, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Praise for Prior Editions: The latest edition of Global Environmental Politics by Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges ... This text is an essential edition to any collection. - Choice. The definitive textbook in its field ... Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike. - Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University. Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.... A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum. - International Journal of Environment & Pollution. Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage. Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects Highly recommended as an undergraduate textbook. - Environmental Politics. This is the definitive text for students seeking to understand the actors, institutions, and political dynamism of contemporary international environmental policy. The book's particular strengths are its case studies and thorough updating. - Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University. A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations. It deserves to attract an extensive readership. - Political Studies.