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On Global OrderPower, Values, and the Constitution of International Society$
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Andrew Hurrell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233106.001.0001

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The ecological challenge

The ecological challenge

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(p.216) 9 The ecological challenge
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On Global Order
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Andrew Hurrell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233106.003.0009

The ecological challenge is so important and so profound because of the way in which it calls into question both the practical viability and the moral adequacy of the pluralist conception of a state-based global order; and because of the way in which responding to the ecological challenge has pushed states towards new forms of international law and global governance. The chapter is divided into three sections. The first examines the nature and extent of the challenge posed. The second section sets the responses to the ecological challenge within the context of the changing constitutional structure of international society — the move towards a solidarist state system on the one hand and the emergence of increasing elements of transnational governance on the other. The third section draws out the way in which unequal power and value conflict have complicated the capturing of what would appear to be the obvious common interest in promoting environmental cooperation.

Keywords:   international society, environment, solidarism, pluralism, transnational governance

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