Globalization and the environment

Markets, finance, and trade

Authored by: Lada V. Kochtcheeva

Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415694209
eBook ISBN: 9780203799055
Adobe ISBN: 9781135090517


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In the past several decades the advancement of globalization has sharpened many contentious arguments that arise regarding the intensified flows of international trade and investment, on one hand, and the character of environmental transformation, on the other; the balance between economic development and environmental quality; and the linkages between global markets and domestic environmental rights and obligations. Has globalization become a driving force of economic growth, increased wealth, policy innovation, and environmental solutions? Or is it a vehicle of increasing economic inequality, environmental degradation, and inadequate policies? There are no perceptions of the linkages between globalization and the environment that can be completely unambiguous, unbiased, and everlasting. Therefore, this chapter reveals the many complexities of the globalization-environment interface. It demonstrates that economic globalization accelerates market, structural, institutional, and societal change, thus altering the industrial and policy structure of countries, resource use patterns, and policy responses at the domestic and international levels.

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