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Environmental activism and world civic politics [electronic resource] / Paul Wapner.

By: Wapner, Paul Kevin.
Material type: TextTextSeries: SUNY series in international environmental policy and theory: Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c1996Description: 1 online resource (x, 238 p.).ISBN: 0585043396 (electronic bk.); 9780585043395 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Environmentalism | Non-governmental organizations -- Political activity | Organizaciones no gubernamentales -- Actividad pol�itica | Medio ambiente, Protecci�on del | SCIENCE -- Environmental Science (see also Chemistry -- Environmental) | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Environmental Policy | Electronic booksGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Environmental activism and world civic politics.DDC classification: 363.7/057 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The state and environmental challenges -- Greenpeace and political globalism -- World wildlife fund and political localism -- Friends of the earth and political internationalism -- Environmental activism and world civic politics.
Summary: Organized across national boundaries and with millions of supporters worldwide, transnational environmental activist groups such as Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, and Friends of the Earth play a central role in the way the world addresses environmental issues. This book provides the most systematic and theoretically informed study to date of the strategies these organizations use to advance global environmental protection. Based on case studies of three transnational groups, it argues that in addition to lobbying governments, activists operate within and across societies to effect widespread change. They work through transnational social, economic, and cultural networks to alter corporate practices, educate vast numbers of people, pressure multilateral development banks, and shift standards of good conduct. Wapner argues that because this activity takes place outside the formal arena of inter-state politics, environmental activists practice "world civic politics"; they politicize global civil society. The theoretical import of this book is to bring the practice of world civic politics into sharp relief and generalize its significance beyond environmental affairs to explain the efforts of all NGOs in world politics.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-232) and index.

The state and environmental challenges -- Greenpeace and political globalism -- World wildlife fund and political localism -- Friends of the earth and political internationalism -- Environmental activism and world civic politics.

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Organized across national boundaries and with millions of supporters worldwide, transnational environmental activist groups such as Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, and Friends of the Earth play a central role in the way the world addresses environmental issues. This book provides the most systematic and theoretically informed study to date of the strategies these organizations use to advance global environmental protection. Based on case studies of three transnational groups, it argues that in addition to lobbying governments, activists operate within and across societies to effect widespread change. They work through transnational social, economic, and cultural networks to alter corporate practices, educate vast numbers of people, pressure multilateral development banks, and shift standards of good conduct. Wapner argues that because this activity takes place outside the formal arena of inter-state politics, environmental activists practice "world civic politics"; they politicize global civil society. The theoretical import of this book is to bring the practice of world civic politics into sharp relief and generalize its significance beyond environmental affairs to explain the efforts of all NGOs in world politics.

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Environmental activism and world civic politics by Wapner, Paul Kevin. ©1996
Environmental activism and world civic politics by Wapner, Paul Kevin. ©1996
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