This book examines the political response to current environmental concerns in the context of the British Isles. How have the issues been assimilated by political parties? Which ones have been given priority? Who are the main actors and what is the role of ecologists?Answers to questions such as these are provided in this collective work, not only through valuable insights into the theories and concepts found in political ecology, but also with specific examination of present political debates, such as the Liberal Democrats’ stance, the question of nuclear energy or the salient issue of climate change. A recurring theme is the link between landscape and identity, explored in the contexts of Welsh, Scottish and Irish nationalisms.While this volume reveals some cases of genuine commitment and effective action, it also highlights discrepancies between statements of intent on the one hand and implemented policies on the other. The authors’ aim is to promote dialogue among politicians, experts and academics in the field of environmental issues, political and social sciences, linguistics and discourse.
Gilles Leydier (born 1958) is Professor of British Studies at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var, where he specializes in British civilization. His fields of research deal with contemporary British and Scottish politics as well as cultural studies in the British Isles. He is the editor of the peer-review academic journal L’Observatoire de la société britannique. Alexia Martin (38) is a senior Lecturer in British and Irish studies at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var, where she specializes in environmental and nuclear policies in Britain and Ireland. She also teaches students from BA to MA and runs educational exchange programs.