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The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of the Environment

Edited by: √Čloi Laurent , Klara Zwickl

Print publication date:  October  2021
Online publication date:  October  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367410704
eBook ISBN: 9780367814533
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Featuring a stellar international cast list of leading and cutting-edge scholars, The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of the Environment presents the state of the art of the discipline that considers ecological issues and crises from a political economy perspective. This collective volume sheds new light on the effect of economic and power inequality on environmental dynamics and, conversely, on the economic and social impact of environmental dynamics.

The chapters gathered in this handbook make four original contributions to the field of political economy of the environment. First, they revisit essential concepts and methods of environmental economics in the light of their political economy. Second, they introduce readers to recent theoretical and empirical advances in key issues of political economy of the environment with a special focus on the relationship between inequality and environmental degradation, a nexus that has dramatically come into focus with the COVID crisis. Third, the authors of this handbook open the field to its critical global and regional dimensions: global issues, such as the environmental justice movement and inequality and climate change as well as regional issues such as agriculture systems, air pollution, natural resources appropriation and urban sustainability. Fourth and finally, the work shows how novel analysis can translate into new forms of public policy that require institutional reform and new policy tools. Ecosystems preservation, international climate negotiations and climate mitigation policies all have a strong distributional dimension that chapters point to. Pressing environmental policy such as carbon pricing and low-carbon and energy transitions entail numerous social issues that also need to be accounted for with new analytical and technological tools.

This handbook will be an invaluable reference, research and teaching tool for anyone interested in political economy approaches to environmental issues and ecological crises.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Political economy of the environment Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The sustainability-justice nexus  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A socio-metabolic perspective on (material) growth and inequality Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The history of environmental and energy economics through the lens of political economy Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Global environmental and climate justice movements Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Global inequalities and climate change Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Natural disasters, poverty and inequality Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Contracts and dispossession Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Natural resources, climate change and inequality in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  11:  From Western Pennsylvania to the world Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Latin America caught between inequality and natural capital degradation Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Air quality co-benefits of climate mitigation in the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Designing urban sustainability Download PDF
Chapter  15:  From the welfare state to the social-ecological state Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Promoting justice in global climate policies Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Carbon pricing and climate justice Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Political economy of border carbon adjustment Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Political economy of forest protection Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Informing the political economy of energy and climate transitions Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Diagnostics and policy tools to measure and mitigate environmental health inequalities Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Building on the right to know Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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