Beyond Resource Wars
Scarcity, Environmental Degradation, and International Cooperation
Shlomi Dinar (Redaktør)
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The contributors argue that increasing scarcity and degradation generally induce cooperation across states, but when conditions worsen (and a problem becomes too costly or a resource becomes too scarce), cooperation becomes more difficult. Similarly, low levels of scarcity may discourage cooperation because problems seem less urgent. With contributions from scholars in international relations, economics, and political science, Beyond Resource Wars offers a comprehensive and robust investigation of the links among scarcity, environmental degradation, cooperation, and conflict.
These chapters represent some of the best thinking in global environmental politics at the present time. Noteworthy for its focus on environmental cooperation rather than conflict, Beyond Resource Wars will quickly become an important part of the ongoing debate over the sociopolitical impacts of resource scarcity. -- Dennis Pirages, Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas This volume makes a compelling case for taking environmental matters seriously for confidence building, peacemaking, and sustainable security. By linking resource wars to environmental degradation, and to regime formation, the book introduces a unique and useful innovation in the realm of international environmental politics. -- Simon Dalby, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University