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Shocks, States, and Sustainability: The Origins of Radical Environmental Reforms

Thomas K. Rudel


For the past three decades scientists have urged us to abandon fossil fuels as rapidly as possible. Despite these pleas, the global energy sector has retained a familiar profile, dominated by the use of oil and natural gas. Only states have powers that are commensurate with rapidly reshaping societies in sustainable ways, but how do their politics enable these surges in sustainability? Shocks, States, and Sustainability answers this question through a comparative historical study of four radical environmental reforms: in the Dust Bowl during the New Deal, in Britain after World War II, in Cuba ... More

Keywords: states, sustainability, focusing events, comparative historical analyses, environmental reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190921019
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190921019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas K. Rudel, author
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Departments of Human Ecology and Sociology, Rutgers University