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The Green State in Africa$
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Carl Death

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215830

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215830.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Green State in Africa

Carl Death

Yale University Press

Environmental issues are central to wider political governance and contestation in Africa. This chapter sets up the central argument of the book: that the governance and contestation of land, populations, economies and international relations have been central to the production of state effects in Africa. It opens with a number of examples of recent developments in African environmental politics: new conservation areas, renewable energy developments, environmental education programmes, and climate change agreements and strategies. These are juxtaposed with African vulnerabilities to environmental changes, pollution hot-spots, and incidents of land degradation and environmental injustice. These empirical observations generate a number of research questions to be explored in the rest of the book. This introduction sets out the structure and argument of the chapters which follow, as well as making the case for the quintessentially political status of African environmental issues.

Keywords:   Environment, Africa, Politics, State, Green, Climate change, Resistance

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