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'I strongly recommend International Politics and the Environment as a reliable and sophisticated guide to the emergence of environmental problems as political issues, negotiations about them, and the conditions for the effectiveness of environmental regimes' - Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
The book is relevant in addressing relevant topics that regard our policies but are still rarely addressed by critical debate. It presents good accounts e.g. on principles that make issues become international or not (the "whys"), and contains references to sovereignty issues, but I would have expected more development on this. Anyway, it only contains a few parts that I could use in my next courses, and therefore I'm not ready to adopt it now - but I do not exclude that I could do it in the future.
I chose adotion status "Supplemental" even though I think Mitchell's book will become essential in the next few years as it explains one of the upcoming key issues in international politics from a theoretical point of view: environmental problems. For IR students the field of environmental problems is yet too specific, to make this great book already essentially, but I guess Mitchell will become a pioneer in this important future field.
When it comes to a comprehensive yet accessible coverage of the central theories, concepts and methods that illuminate global environmental politics, this is the text most instructors have been waiting for.
A useful text especially at MA level, but also helpful for UG
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