Shades of Green: Environmentalism in Classical Political Ideologies

Shades of Green:
Environmentalism in Classical Political Ideologies

Savorskaya E.V.,

Cand. Sci. (Pol.), Assistant Professor, Department of International Organizations and Global Political Processes, Faculty of World Politics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University; Research Fellow, Department of International Politics, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences,

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2015.06.11

For citation:

Savorskaya E.V. Shades of Green: Environmentalism in Classical Political Ideologies. – Polis. Political Studies. 2015. No. 6. P. 103-115. (In Russ.).


Over the past few decades, environmentalism has been gaining increased popularity and it seems nowthat almost the whole world has gone green. However, is it really so? Political ideology has been and remains oneof the key factors influencing the policy-making process and environmental governance, be it global, regional ornational. There have been many attempts to integrate green thought into classical ideologies, such as liberalism,conservatism, socialism, which have not been equally successful due to differences in the core concepts of namedsocial philosophies. Whatever the case, the extent to which environmentalism will prove to be potent at “greening”existing political ideologies is likely to influence the future of global environmental governance. This article aims at discovering the different “shades of green” that have emerged to date through this process. 

environmentalism; green thinking; green movement; ideology; political thought; environmental governance; ideology; liberalism; conservatism; anarchism; ecological anarchism.

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