Environmental problems: nature, economy and state

R. J. Johnston

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Environmental issues have moved rapidly up the political agenda in Britain and other developed world countries in recent years. Many people for the first time are giving serious thought to causes and solutions of environmental problems. The focus of this book is on two basic questions: why do we create so many environmental problems?; and why, despite all our scientific knowledge and a great deal of pressure, are we not very good at solving them? The bulk of this book addresses these questions, the first through the medium of political economy and the second through the study of the state and collective action, at all scales. These questions are preceded by two introductory chapters, one dealing with the nature of the problems, and the other with a brief summary of the nature of scientific understanding of the environment. Concludes with a chapter on alternative features, setting out the major scenarios currently under discussion. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBelhaven Press, Pinter
Number of pages211
ISBN (Print)1852930004
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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