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The New Accountability

Author: Michael Mason
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113655307X
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The growth of pollution that crosses national borders represents a significant threat to human health and ecological sustainability. Various international agreements exist between countries to reduce risks to their populations, however there is often a mismatch between national territories of state responsibility and transboundary hazards. All too often, state priorities do not correspond to the priorities of the people affected by pollution, who often have little recourse against major polluters, particularly transnational corporations operating across national boundaries. Drawing on case studies, The New Accountability provides a fresh understanding of democratic accountability for transboundary and global harm and argues that environmental responsibility should be established in open public discussions about harm and risk. Most critically it makes the case that, regardless of nationality, affected parties should be able to demand that polluters and harm producers be held accountable for their actions and if necessary provide reparations.

The Green State

Author: Robyn Eckersley
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262262590
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What would constitute a definitively "green" state? In this important new book, Robyn Eckersley explores what it might take to create a green democratic state as an alternative to the classical liberal democratic state, the indiscriminate growth-dependent welfare state, and the neoliberal market-focused state -- seeking, she writes, "to navigate between undisciplined political imagination and pessimistic resignation to the status quo." In recent years, most environmental scholars and environmentalists have characterized the sovereign state as ineffectual and have criticized nations for perpetuating ecological destruction. Going consciously against the grain of much current thinking, this book argues that the state is still the preeminent political institution for addressing environmental problems. States remain the gatekeepers of the global order, and greening the state is a necessary step, Eckersley argues, toward greening domestic and international policy and law.The Green State seeks to connect the moral and practical concerns of the environmental movement with contemporary theories about the state, democracy, and justice. Eckersley's proposed "critical political ecology" expands the boundaries of the moral community to include the natural environment in which the human community is embedded. This is the first book to make the vision of a "good" green state explicit, to explore the obstacles to its achievement, and to suggest practical constitutional and multilateral arrangements that could help transform the liberal democratic state into a postliberal green democratic state. Rethinking the state in light of the principles of ecological democracy ultimately casts it in a new role: that of an ecological steward and facilitator of transboundary democracy rather than a selfish actor jealously protecting its territory.

Corporate Social Responsibility And Regulatory Governance

Author: Peter Utting
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: 9780230576445
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"This is the first volume of two books on the changing nature of state-business relations. This volume explores CSR in a historical trajectory and development context; is theoretically informed and contributes to the body of critical thinking that calls for more comprehensive regulatory frameworks"--Provided by publisher.

Responsibility For Justice

Author: Iris Marion Young
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019988935X
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When the noted political philosopher Iris Marion Young died in 2006, her death was mourned as the passing of "one of the most important political philosophers of the past quarter-century" (Cass Sunstein) and as an important and innovative thinker working at the conjunction of a number of important topics: global justice; democracy and difference; continental political theory; ethics and international affairs; and gender, race and public policy. In her long-awaited Responsibility for Justice, Young discusses our responsibilities to address "structural" injustices in which we among many are implicated (but for which we not to blame), often by virtue of participating in a market, such as buying goods produced in sweatshops, or participating in booming housing markets that leave many homeless. Young argues that addressing these structural injustices requires a new model of responsibility, which she calls the "social connection" model. She develops this idea by clarifying the nature of structural injustice; developing the notion of political responsibility for injustice and how it differs from older ideas of blame and guilt; and finally how we can then use this model to describe our responsibilities to others no matter who we are and where we live. With a foreward by Martha C. Nussbaum, this last statement by a revered and highly influential thinker will be of great interest to political theorists and philosophers, ethicists, and feminist and political philosophers.

The Greening Of Business In Developing Countries

Author: Peter Utting
ISBN: 9781842770894
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The rhetoric of corporate environmental responsibility has been quite positive in industrialized countries, and has even extended to developing countries, but very little is known about the extent of concrete changes in the environmental performance of big business. Through this pioneering set of studies which provide hard data on corporate environmental records, the author asserts that if sustainable development is to become a reality, then transnational corporations must take their environmental responsibilities seriously.

Yearbook Of European Environmental Law

Author: Thijs F.M. Etty
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199289271
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The Yearbook of European Environmental Law is a joint venture between leading academics, practitioners, and Community officials. Academics and students will find a wealth of information in the stimulating and clearly written articles. The well-structured and reliable Annual Survey is specifically designed to provide easy access to the very latest developments in environmental law at the European level. Separate parts of the Yearbook are devoted to important policy documents and reviews of books.

In The Hands Of Women

Author: Susan Buckingham
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
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To what degree are women in the early twenty-first century full citizens? From a unique interdisciplinary perspective the contributors to In the hands of women reveal the artificiality of disciplinary boundaries in attempting to address this question. By analysing citizenship in different places and under different economic and political conditions, the authors argue that there are enough similarities in women's situations to justify a renewed emphasis on feminism as a powerful concept for analysing and addressing inequalities.