Article ID: CBB001213839

The Limits of the Global Community: The Nixon Administration and Global Environmental Politics (2011)


This article presents the rise and decline of the Nixon administration's commitment to international environmental policies. It argues that administration officials pursued environmental issues to garner domestic political support and to revive interest in institutions in the wake of 1968.Though common interests among Western industrialised nations helped to promote cooperation on new environmental programmes, serious divisions arose between the industrialised North and the developing South. These divisions were most evident at the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, where issues of wealth distribution, power in the international system, and ideology suffused environmental politics. In the end, Nixon and Kissinger's waning commitment to environmental protection coupled with their repudiation of the global South's concern for increasing developmental aid ultimately limited the breadth and scope of the United States' role in attempting to reconcile the tensions between desires for continued economic growth and the imperatives of environmental protection.

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Authors & Contributors
Flippen, J. Brooks
Fullilove, Courtney
Gill, David James
Thomson, Jennifer Christine
Wiese, Andrew
Turchetti, Simone
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Environmental History
Diplomatic History
Social Studies of Science
Science Technology and Society
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Oxford University Press
University of New Mexico Press
Stanford University Press
Historical Division, Office of Administrative Services, Office of the Chief of Engineers
Harvard University
Science and politics
Foreign relations; diplomacy
Globalization; internationalization
International cooperation
Nixon, Richard M.
Train, Russell Errol
Tôn-Thất, Tùng
Luce, Clare Boothe
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
United States
Great Britain
South Asia
San Diego (California)
Saudi Arabia
Antarctic Treaty System (ATS)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
United Nations
United States. President's Science Advisory Committee
United States. Environmental Protection Agency

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