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Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment$
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Liam Downey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479850723

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479850723.001.0001

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Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment
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Liam Downey

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DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479850723.003.0008

This book examines how organizational and institutional inequality as well as elite-controlled organizations and mechanisms cause social and environmental harm. It presents a series of case studies that highlight four substantive topics—globalization, modern agriculture, mining, and U.S. energy and military policy—to demonstrate how local, national, and global social structures give rise to a variety of social and environmental crises ranging from economic underdevelopment and widespread poverty to deforestation, desertification, and climate change. It offers a critique of environmental economics and consumer-oriented environmentalism and argues that the world's social and environmental problems are largely the product of organizational, institutional, and network-based inequality, or OINB inequality.

Keywords:   environmental harm, globalization, modern agriculture, mining, military policy, environmental crises, environmental economics, environmentalism, inequality

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