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Jasanoff, Sheila, and Marybeth Long Martello, eds. 2004. Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Contributors to this book: Silke Beck, Cathleen Fogel, Tim Forsyth, Michael Goldman, Aarti Gupta, Alastair Iles, Sheila Jasanoff, Jens Lachmund, Myanna Lahsen, Marybeth Long Martello, Clark Miller, Astrid Scholz, and Stacy D. VanDeveer

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Table of Contents

Sample Chapter: Introduction


Globalization today is as much a problem for international harmony as it is a necessary condition of living together on our planet. Increasing interconnectedness in ecology, economy, technology, and politics has brought nations and societies into ever closer contact, creating acute demands for cooperation. Earthly Politics argues that in the coming decades global governance will have to accommodate differences, even as it obliterates distance, and will have to respect many aspects of the local while developing institutions that transcend localism.

This book analyzes a variety of approaches to environmental governance approaches that balance the local and the global in order to encourage new, more flexible frameworks of global governance. On the theoretical level, it draws on insights from the field of science and technology studies to enrich our understanding of environmental and development politics. On the pragmatic level, it discusses the design of institutions and processes to address problems of environmental governance that increasingly refuse to remain within national boundaries.

The cases in the book display the crucial relationship between knowledge and power--the links between the ways we understand environmental problems and the ways we manage them--and illustrate the different paths by which knowledge-power formations are arrived at, contested, defended, or set aside. By examining how local and global actors ranging from the World Bank to the Makah tribe in the Pacific Northwest respond to the contradictions of globalization, the authors identify some of the conditions for creating more effective engagement between the global and the local in environmental governance.


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