"The death of environmentalism": Introduction to the symposium

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The American environmental movement has been struggling for more than a year to digest the strong critique offered by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus in their widely disseminated treatise "The Death of Environmentalism". Their essay accuses organized environmentalism of framing key issues in overly narrow terms, of failing to connect with everyday public concerns, and of inadequately responding to the challenges of conservative political interests. This article briefly summarizes the essay's key arguments, retraces some relevant history pertaining to the past decade of environmental policy making, and highlights some of the areas in which this work touches on topical issues within the environmental social sciences. The article ends with a brief overview of the other contributions that make up this symposium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalOrganization and Environment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


  • American environmentalism
  • Death of environmentalism
  • Democratic expertise
  • Environmental movement
  • Public ecology
  • Transition management


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