Social Movements, Public Spheres and the European Politics of the Environment: Green Power Europe?

Hardcover | December 8, 2010

byHein-Anton van der Heijden

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This book examines how the European environmental movement, as part of an emerging European civil society, has impinged on the problem definitions and solution strategies in the European politics of the environment. Examining core case studies in European environmental policy - biodiversity politics (Natura 2000), the politics of genetically modified organisms, Trans-European Transport Networks, and the European politics of climate change - this study, written at the crossroads of social movement, public sphere and political discourse theory, argues that a social movement's most important feature is its 'cognitive praxis', its ability to successfully challenge dominant conceptions of realty and to create new green public spheres. It examines whether 'ecological modernization' is able to solve the tension between economic growth and environmental protection, and to what extent European environmentalism has contributed to the emergence of a green 'normative power Europe'.

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This book examines how the European environmental movement, as part of an emerging European civil society, has impinged on the problem definitions and solution strategies in the European politics of the environment. Examining core case studies in European environmental policy - biodiversity politics (Natura 2000), the politics of genet...

HEIN-ANTON VAN DER HEIJDEN is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has widely published on topics like environmental movements and political opportunity structures, European and global environmental politics, political discourse analysis, and on the interplay between social science a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 8, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230236146

ISBN - 13:9780230236141

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Social Movements, Civil Society and Public Spheres
European Environmental Politics
Environmental Groups in Brussels
In Search of a Green 'Good Society'
The Natura 2000 Discourse
Framing Genetically Modified Organisms
Ecological Modernization and the Trans-European Transport Network
The European Politics of Climate Change
Conclusion
Bibliography