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Global Environmentalism and Local Politics
Maria Guadalupe Moog Rodrigues
Price: $ 18.95

Examines the internal politics of transnational environmental advocacy networks.

What is the role played by local organizations in transnational environmental advocacy networks? Global Environmentalism and Local Politics revisits this question by looking at transnational environmental activism in Brazil, Ecuador, and India. Rodrigues investigates the internal politics of these networks, focusing on their internal balance of power, choice of strategies, and distribution of resources among members at the international, national, and local levels. Contrary to existing assumptions, local organizations, rather than international or national non-governmental organizations, are the key players in these networks, while at the same time mere participation in transnational advocacy efforts does not necessarily lead to the empowerment of local organizations. Participation may, for example, impose unanticipated political and technical burdens, and despite their overarching common goal of environmental preservation, network members may have different understandings of what environmentally sustainable development is and how it can be best achieved.

"Rodrigues shows that participation of local groups in transnational activism does not always lead to their empowerment and can even threaten their material and physical safety." ¿ Jill M. Belsky, University of Montana

"While development literature, and some recent political science, has focused a good deal of attention on non-governmental organizations and global civil society, this book attends more closely to the key issue of the disposition of power within such networks. This is a substantial and valuable body of research." ¿ Stephan Schwartzman, Director, International Program, Environmental Defense

Maria Guadalupe Moog Rodrigues is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross.

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