Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico by Prakash KashwanDemocracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico by Prakash Kashwan

Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico

byPrakash Kashwan

Hardcover | February 1, 2017

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How do societies negotiate the apparently competing agendas of environmental protection and social justice? Why do some countries perform much better than others? Democracy in the Woods answers these questions by explaining the trajectories of forest and land rights - and the fate offorest-dependent peasants - in the forested regions of India, Tanzania, and Mexico. To organize a comparative inquiry that straddles the fields of comparative politics, historical institutionalism, and policy studies, this book develops a political economy of institutions framework. It shows thatdifferences in structures of political intermediation - venues that help peasant groups and social movements engage in political and policy processes - explain the varying levels of success in combining the pursuits of social justice and environmental conservation. The book challenges the age-oldnotion that populist policies produce uniformly deleterious environmental consequences that must be mitigated via centralized systems of environmental regulation. It shows instead that the national leaders and dominant political parties that must compete for popular support in the political arenaare more likely to fashion interventions that pursue conservation of forested landscapes without violating the rights of forest-dependent people. Mexico demonstrates the potential for win-win outcomes, India continues to stumble on both environmental and social questions despite longstandingtraditions of popular mobilization for forestland rights, and Tanzania's government has failed its forest-dependent people despite a lucrative wildlife tourism sector. This book's political analysis of the control over and use of nature opens up new avenues for reflecting on nature in theAnthropocene.
Prakash Kashwan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.
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Title:Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and MexicoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pagesPublished:February 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190637382

ISBN - 13:9780190637385

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"Prakash Kashwan has made a hugely significant contribution to our understanding of the social justice dimensions of environmental policy. By focusing on India, Tanzania and Mexico he brings in the third dimension of economic growth as well giving this book a distinctive niche. Drawing fromhis extensive field research he enriches the discourse on ecological issues and makes us aware of how such issues are profoundly impacted by political decisions taken in the name of equity and growth. It will appeal to scholars, administrators and the general reader alike.Having been involved withenvironmental policy-making and implementation in India over the past eight years, I related to his analysis and found myself comparing my own experiences with his findings." --Jairam Ramesh, former Minister of Environment and Forests, Rural Development 2009-2014 Government of India