Handbook on International Development and the Environment


Handbook on International Development and the Environment

9781800883772 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Benedicte Bull , Professor of Political Science and Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Professor of Human Geography, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 377 2 Extent: 350 pp
Fifty years after the Stockholm Conference first placed the environment on the international development agenda, this Handbook continues the debate. Not only does it discuss the profound environmental and theoretical critique against ‘development’ as modernization and economic growth, but also how perspectives on nature have changed from an infinite resource to a fragile subject.

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Fifty years after the Stockholm Conference first placed the environment on the international development agenda, this Handbook continues the debate. The Handbook discusses both the profound environmental and theoretical critique against development as modernization and economic growth, and how perspectives on nature have changed from an infinite resource to a fragile subject.

Weighing up the successes and failures linked to environmental concerns in development and environment policy and practice, it recognizes the roots of international development as a Western project linked to the expansion of an environmentally destructive capitalism. Through active dialogue across geographical areas, disciplines and epistemologies, chapters critically assess current perspectives on the topic, including decolonialism, degrowth and post-development. Grounded in recent research on topics such as agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, forest protection, supply chain management, climate negotiations and the renewable transition, the Handbook integrates a range of different viewpoints on international development and the environment to provide a fresh take on this contentious relationship.

With an international scope, this expansive Handbook will be integral reading for students and scholars of development and the environment. It will also be a beneficial read for practitioners working in international organizations and development agencies.
Contributors: Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Mads Barbesgaard, Bjørn Leif Brauteseth, Benedicte Bull, Kristen Campbell, Federico Demaria, Ragnhild Freng Dale, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Lena Gross, Eduardo Gudynas, Julia Gurol, Arve Hansen, Niki Hedemann, Alf Hornborg, Jostein Jakobsen, John Katsos, John A. McNeish, Jason Miklian, Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano, Fabricio Rodriguez, Antulio Rosales, Almut Schilling-Vacaflor, Gianfranco Selgas, Tora Skodvin, Ulrikke Bryn Wethal, Tanja Winther

Preface xi
1 Introduction to Handbook on International Development and
the Environment: from limits to growth to a transformation for
the Anthropocene 1
Benedicte Bull and Mariel Aguilar-Støen

2 The sticky myth of economic growth and the critique of development 26
Eduardo Gudynas
3 Leaving development behind: the case for degrowth 41
Federico Demaria and Erik Gómez-Baggethun
4 Dismantling the machine: rethinking the role of technology in
critical development theory 57
Alf Hornborg
5 Development under scrutiny: environment, geopolitics and
a reimagination of Latin America 71
Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano and Gianfranco Selgas
6 A transformative post-developmental state? State institutions
as change-makers in the Anthropocene 83
Benedicte Bull
7 A Chinese Communist Party perspective on development and
the environment: socialism through environmental development? 100
Bjørn Leif Brauteseth

8 The river as subject: legal innovations and their consequence
for rights and development 122
John A. McNeish
9 Oceans: the new economic frontier? 137
Mads Barbesgaard
10 The Arctic: last frontier for energy and mineral exploitation? 154
Ragnhild Freng Dale and Lena Gross
11 The international development of food and agriculture: global
food regimes, environmental change and new configurations of power 170
Jostein Jakobsen
12 Will development kill us? Globalized livestock production in
the “Pandemic Era” 185
Mariel Aguilar-Støen and Jostein Jakobsen

13 Infrastructure, development and the environment in
a landscape of spatial reconfigurations across the Global
South: The case of the Belt and Road Initiative 200
Fabricio Rodríguez and Julia Gurol
14 The new middle classes: consumption, development and sustainability 216
Arve Hansen and Ulrikke Wethal
15 New energy transitions, old problems: the challenge of
achieving a just electrification with a gendered face 231
Kirsten Campbell and Tanja Winther
16 The business of sustainability as a governance tool 250
Jason Miklian and John Katsos

17 The challenges of effective international climate cooperation
in an unequal world 267
Tora Skodvin
18 The sustainability governance of global supply chains:
transnational approaches and the neglect of local development
agendas 281
Almut Schilling-Vacaflor
19 Ecosystem services in development: frontier of green
colonialism or tool for social justice? 296
Nicolena von Hedemann
20 Reclaiming state capacity in the politics of energy transitions:
the cautionary tale of Venezuela’s predatory transition 313
Antulio Rosales

Index 328
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