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Author: Lamont C Hempel
Publisher: Affiliated East-West
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185938954
Using political theory, applied policy analysis, and case studies, Hempel explains how major and sustainable improvements in the quality of life will require significant but achievable innovations.
While environmental problems are increasingly transboundary in scope and significance, governance remains sharply fragmented and territorial. Environmental Governance is concerned with redesigning institutions and polices to promote sustainable communities. Lamont Hempel argues that for political institutions to cope successfully with growing biospheric crises, they must become global in design and operation, with environmental authority redistribute to both supranational entities and local communities.
Changes such as green technologies, human population stabilization, and the widespread adoption of ecologically based values and ecologically compatible lifestyles will all be necessary in the coming decades. But without a redesign of political institution and policies, such developments are not likely to flourish.
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This book is a valuable addition to the growing literature on environmental policy and governance. Distinguished from other publications in its emphasis on linkages between local initiatives and transnational policies, it deserves the attention of everyone concerned with and transnational polices, it deserves the attention of everyone concerned with the world-wide challenge of environmental deterioration that we are only now beginning to comprehend.
-Lynton K. Caldwell, Professor emeritus, Indiana University
All of us can wax eloquent about environmental problems, fewer of us are articulate about their solutions. Lamont Hempel explains how we can get from hopeless here to give-ourselves-a-chance there. As an antidote to doomsday depression, read this book.
- Norman Myers, Senior Fellow, World Wildlife Fund – U.S.
Hemple’s critical look at the forces that are impoverishing both the planet and the people on it offers much to the debate on how we govern ourselves and relate to over living creatures.
-Terry Collins, Senior Information officer, U N Environment Programme
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