American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

byStephen Hopgood

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In an increasingly interdependent world, marked by growing numbers of non-governmental organizations and international institutions, American Foreign Environmental Policy presents a powerful argument for the continued relevance of the state to our understanding of international relations.Drawing on detailed primary research, the author examines the key role central state officials have played in formulating American foreign environmental policy, and concludes that claims for the diminishing domestic-international divide, and the erosion of state sovereignty are overstated.Nonetheless, in arguing forcefully that the focus for explanation should lie with politics inside the institutions of state, Hopgood rejects Realist, Pluralist, and Marxist accounts of foreign-policy making. His state-centric focus allows for domestic and international factors to play a role at thesame time as stressing that, in foreign environmental politics at least, the state remains the dominant policy-making institution. This pathbreaking study represents a major contribution to International Relations theory, whilst at the same time, offering a wealth of fascinating, original, empirical research which will be of interest to all those working in the field of environmental studies.

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In an increasingly interdependent world, marked by growing numbers of non-governmental organizations and international institutions, American Foreign Environmental Policy presents a powerful argument for the continued relevance of the state to our understanding of international relations.Drawing on detailed primary research, the author...

Stephen Hopgood is at University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198292597

ISBN - 13:9780198292593

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Introduction1. American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State2. American Preparations for the Stockholm Conference3. The Stockholm Conference and its Aftermath4. American Preparations for the Rio Conference After 19905. The Rio Conference, its Aftermath, and the First Clinton Administration6. Continuity and Change in American Foreign Environmental Policy

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Although it is not clear that large-scale environmental conferences are the most representative aspects of US foreign environmental policy, the depth with which they are examined will certainly prove useful to anyone who cares about understanding the US policy process in general orenvironmental policy specifically. - DeSombre, Choice Jan 1999 Vol.36 No.5