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Epistemic Communities, Constructivism and International Environmental Politics (Hardcover) (Peter M.
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Epistemic Communities, Constructivism and International Environmental Politics brings together 25 years of publications by Peter M. Haas. The book examines how the world has changed significantly over the last 100 years, discusses the need for new, constructivist scholarship to understand the dynamics of world politics, and highlights the role played by transnational networks of professional experts in global governance. Combining an intellectual history of epistemic communities with theoretical arguments and empirical studies of global environmental conferences, as well as international organizations and comparative studies of international environmental regimes, this book presents a broad picture of social learning on the global scale.
In addition to detailing the changes in the international system since the Industrial Revolution, Haas discusses the technical nature of global environmental threats. Providing a critical reading of discourses about environmental security, this book explores governance efforts to deal with global climate change, international pollution control, stratospheric ozone, and European acid rain. With a new general introduction and the addition of introductory pieces for each section, this collection offers a retrospective overview of the author’s work and is essential reading for students and scholars of environmental politics, international relations and global politics.
This book is a collection of previously published work on epistemic communities, constructivism, and international environmental politics. Integrating 20 plus years of research and writing on these subjects, Epistemic Communities, Constructivism and International Environmental Politics focuses on the evolution of collective understanding and management of global environmental threats.
Analysing the impact of organized knowledge on collective patterns of international environmental politics, these writings seek to establish the context from which science becomes valued, how it is organized for political purposes, and the various social institutions associated with its diffusion and adoption. Other sections discuss the effectiveness of environmental regimes, and the broader dynamics over time engendered by the involvement of epistemic communities. These selections cover a variety of materials related to the role of ideas in international relations, including a set of policy related applications having to do with the use and organization of science as well as UN institutional reform.
This collection will also have a new introductory chapter, providing a retrospective overview of the author?s work, as well as brief introductions to each section, providing intellectual histories and policy applications. The volume will be of interest to those working in international environmental politics and international relations as a whole.