Environmental Action in Eastern Europe Responses to Crisis

Author: Barbara Jancar-Webster
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315486911
Format: PDF
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The environmental crisis in Eastern Europe - air and water pollution, toxic waste dumps, and unsafe nuclear facilities - has been vividly documented since the revolution of 1989. Not only did the communist states have an abysmal record of environmental destruction, but the issue of environmental protection and safety proved to be one of the msot powerful catalysts of unified opposition to these regimes. This collection of essays by both Western and East European experts examines the efforts to develop strategies for dealing with the crisis, both by governments and at the grassroots level of newly emerging Green movements. Among the countries represented here are Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Verbandliche Interessenvertretung und Mitgestaltung in den mittel und osteurop ischen Transformationsstaaten

Author: Benjamin Zeitler
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531940740
Format: PDF
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Nach dem Sturz der kommunistischen Systeme wurden große Erwartungen in ein Aufblühen der organisierten Zivilgesellschaft gesetzt. Die neue Vereinigungsfreiheit - so die Überzeugung - würde quasi automatisch zur Neubildung von Gruppierungen und Organisationen führen. 20 Jahre nach dem Fall des Eisernen Vorhangs zeigt sich allerdings deutlich, dass die Verbändelandschaften in Mittel- und Osteuropa noch weit vom westeuropäischen Niveau entfernt sind. Die Rolle der Verbände während der Tranformation steht aufgrund dieser Feststellungen im Fokus des Arbeit und wird anhand eines theoretischen Modells und empirischer Untersuchungen analysiert. Denn auch in der Tschechischen Republik kann noch keine funktionsfähige Interessenlandschaft ausgemacht werden. Konkret zeigt dies der Autor in seinen Fallstudien zur Entwicklung der Gewerkschaften und Umweltorganisationen in Tschechien. Dabei führt die Feststellung, dass trotz der schwachen Struktur der Interessengruppen, sich in einzelnen Bereichen, wie der Arbeitsgesetzgebung oder der Temelín-Kampagne, durchaus ein steigender Einfluss von Verbänden bemerkbar macht, zu weitergehenden demokratietheoretischen Überlegungen.

Responding to Environmental Conflicts Implications for Theory and Practice

Author: Eileen Petzold-Bradley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401003955
Format: PDF, ePub
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A comprehensive tour d'horizon of the debate on the environment and security, focusing on the various policy options for building peace and preventing environmental conflict. Experts from the areas survey the key environmental challenges in Eastern and Central European states and those of the former Soviet Union, extending the debate to such regions as the Balkans, the Black Sea and Central Europe. This is the first time such extensive case study research has been reported for these regions. Both practical and theoretical approaches to the debate are presented, within a multi-disciplinary framework, the contributors ranging from academic experts involved with peace and conflict research to actual policy makers active in the fields of environmental and security policy. Readership: Experts already working in the relevant disciplines, both academic and governmental, as well as those seeking an introduction to the various policy fields. A graduate-level study text, excellent survey for policy makers and an academic contribution to ongoing studies.

Environment and Society in Eastern Europe

Author: Andrew Tickle
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Provides a detailed examination of the role of environmental movements in relation to the historically unique process of transition that marked the end of state socialism in Eastern Europe.

The challenge of sustainability

Author: Atkinson, Hugh
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 144732353X
Format: PDF
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This timely and accessible book explores the links between politics, learning and sustainability. Its central focus is the future of people and the planet itself. The challenges that we face in combatting climate change and building a more sustainable world are complex and the book argues that if we are to successfully meet these challenges we need a fundamental change in the way we do politics and economics, embedding a lifelong commitment to sustainability in all learning. We have no option but to make things work for the better. After all, planet earth is the only home we have! The book will be important reading for academics and students in a variety of related subjects, including politics, public policy, education, sustainable development, geography, media, international relations and development studies. It will also be a valuable resource for NGOs and policy makers.