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International Relations and the Study of Global Environmental Politics: Past and Present

Dimitris Stevis


Subject International Studies

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444336597.2010.x


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Comment on this article   This essay traces the study of international environmental politics from the perspective of the discipline of international relations (IR/IEP). The introduction clarifies: the themes around which the essay is organized; the heuristic scheme and the parameters of IR/IEP employed; and the rationale for the periodization employed. Following the introduction the essay traces the trajectory of IR/IEP through these four periods while the conclusion identifies some desirable lines of future research. The essay is organized around two central thematic trajectories: The first traces the diffusion of the study of IEP across the world and, to a lesser degree, across disciplines since World War II. The second traces the intellectual genealogies of IR/IEP during that same period. While the two are related, their relations have been influenced by dynamics both external and internal to IR. Nowhere are disciplinary dynamics more evident than in the limited interaction between scholars from different disciplines, all studying IEP. Not surprisingly most of the early research in the English language came from the USA, Canada, and the UK, with the former soon becoming dominant. Over time, however, the rest of the North has caught up in terms of research producers, such as research organizations and networks and training programs, and research output, such as journals, publishers, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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