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Hopgood, Stephen (1998) American Foreign Environmental Policy and the Power of the State. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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In an increasingly interdependent world, marked by growing numbers of non-governmental organizations and international institutions, this book presents a powerful argument for the continued relevance of the state to our understanding of international relations. Drawing on detailed primary research, the book examines the key role central state officials have played in formulating American foreign environmental policy, and concludes that claims for the diminishing domestic-international divide, and the erosion of state sovereignty are overstated. Nonetheless, in arguing forcefully that the focus for explanation should lie with politics inside the institutions of state, the book rejects Realist, Pluralist, and Marxist accounts of foreign-policy making. This state-centric focus allows for domestic and international factors to play a role at the same time as stressing that, in foreign environmental politics at least, the state remains the dominant policy-making institution.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Administration and Professional Services > Governance and Compliance
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISBN: 9780198292593
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:39

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