An earlier version of this article was presented at a Chatham House study group meeting in October 2011. I am grateful to the participants of this meeting, especially Kenneth W. Abbott, Steven Bernstein, Dan Bodansky, Eric Helleiner, Robert Keohane, Bernice Lee, Michael Mason and Sandeep Sengupta, as well as Barry Buzan and the journal's anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. The usual disclaimers apply. Funding from the Open Society Institute is gratefully acknowledged.
Global environmentalism and the greening of international society
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Special Issue: Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice
Volume 88, Issue 3, pages 503–522, May 2012
How to Cite
FALKNER, R. (2012), Global environmentalism and the greening of international society. International Affairs, 88: 503–522. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2012.01086.x
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Have environmental values become part of the normative structure of international society? Has the rise of global environmentalism led to a greening of international society? Most International Relations research on environmental issues fails to address these questions as it typically focuses on the creation of issue-specific regimes or informal governance mechanisms. This article engages English School theory in an effort to examine the impact that global environmentalism has had on the social structure of International Relations. It argues that a primary institution of global environmental responsibility is emerging, and explores the relationship and tensions between environmental responsibility and the established primary institutions of sovereignty, international law and the market.