This volume explores the many and deep connections between the widespread rise of authoritarian leaders and populist politics in recent years, and the domain of environmental politics and governance – how environments are known, valued, and managed; for whose benefit; and with what outcomes.

The volume is explicitly international in scope and comparative in design, emphasizing both the differences and commonalties to be seen among contemporary authoritarian and populist political formations and their relations to environmental governance. Prominent themes include the historical roots of and precedents for environmental governance in authoritarian and populist contexts; the relationships between populism and authoritarianism and extractivism and resource nationalism; environmental politics as an arena for questions of security and citizenship; racialization and environmental politics; the politics of environmental science and knowledge; and progressive political alternatives. In each domain, using rich case studies, contributors analyse what differences it makes when environmental governance takes place in authoritarian and populist political contexts.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

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Authoritarianism, Populism, and the Environment: Comparative Experiences, Insights, and Perspectives
ByJames McCarthy

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The Speculative Petro-State: Volatile Oil Prices and Resource Populism in Ecuador

ByAngus Lyall, Gabriela Valdivia

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Emotional Environments of Energy Extraction in Russia

ByJessica K. Graybill

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Fishing for Power: Incursions of the Ugandan Authoritarian State

ByAnne J. Kantel

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Electricity-Centered Clientelism and the Contradictions of Private Solar Microgrids in India

ByJonathan N. Balls, Harry W. Fischer

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Dreams and Migration in South Korea’s Border Region: Landscape Change and Environmental Impacts

ByHeejun Chang, Sunhak Bae, Kyunghyun Park

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Afro-Brazilian Resistance to Extractivism in the Bay of Aratu

ByAdam Bledsoe

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Border Thinking, Borderland Diversity, and Trump’s Wall

ByMelissa W. Wright

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Environmental Deregulation, Spectacular Racism, and White Nationalism in the Trump Era

ByLaura Pulido, Tianna Bruno, Cristina Faiver-Serna, Cassandra Galentine

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Situating Data in a Trumpian Era: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

ByLindsey Dillon, Rebecca Lave, Becky Mansfield, Sara Wylie, Nicholas Shapiro, Anita Say Chan, Michelle Murphy

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Speaking Power to “Post-Truth”: Critical Political Ecology and the New Authoritarianism

ByBenjamin Neimark, John Childs, Andrea J. Nightingale, Connor Joseph Cavanagh, Sian Sullivan, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Simon Batterbury, Stasja Koot, Wendy Harcourt

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Reparation Ecologies: Regimes of Repair in Populist Agroecology

ByKirsten Valentine Cadieux, Stephen Carpenter, Alex Liebman, Renata Blumberg, Bhaskar Upadhyay

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Development and Sustainable Ethics in Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China

ByStuart C. Aitken, Li An, Shuang Yang

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A Manifesto for a Progressive Land-Grant Mission in an Authoritarian Populist Era

ByJenny E. Goldstein, Kasia Paprocki, Tracey Osborne