Comparative Environmental Politics

August 15, 2006

Fairbanks, Alaska -- "Understanding the global environmental future requires an understanding of the domestic circumstances and national performance of states," say Jerry McBeath and Jonathan Rosenberg in their new book Comparative Environmental Politics just released as Volume 25 in the Advances in Global Change Research series published by Springer publishing.

In their research, Drs. McBeath and Rosenberg, look at the ways countries vary politically and assess the impact on responses to global environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and trans-boundary air pollution.

Their work explores five major topics: state-society relations; environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs); Green parties and environmental movements; institutions of government and policy-making; variations in the capacities of states to protect the environment; and national responses to global problems. It compares and contrasts rich and poor nations, large and small countries, liberal democracies and authoritarian states. Both researchers hold faculty appointments in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Jerry McBeath is Professor of Political Science and has taught at UAF since 1976. His primary research specialization is comparative politics (with a focus on East Asia and emphasis areas in studies of China and Taiwan). His publications include books and articles on Alaska state and local government, Alaska Native politics, rural Alaska education, education reform in the American states, government and politics of circumpolar northern nations, and American and European environmental politics.

Jonathan Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Political and has taught at UAF since 1993. His research interests span comparative politics and international political economy with a concentration in Latin American and the Caribbean. His publications include articles and book chapters on the role of development in participatory resource management, stakeholder participation and sustainable development in the Eastern Caribbean, and Cuban and Mexican political economy

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