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February 22, 2007

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Basic Introductory Reading

*Statement of Core Principles of The Green Party of England and Wales –

Green Party Policy

*Green Party Policy Pointers –

*Green Party of England and Wales Manifesto For a Sustainable Society (Recommended for reference rather than reading through at one go!)

Green History

*A Brief History of The Global Green Network –

*Green History by Derek Wall, Routledge, London 1993.

*The Programme of the German Green Party, (1983) German Green Party, Heretic, London 1983.

*Weaving A Bower Against The Endless Night by Derek Wall, Green Party, London, 1994

Green Theory

*Ecological Democracy, by Roy Morrison, South End Press, Boston, 1995

*Ecology As Politics by Andre Gorz, South End Press, 1979

*Fairness And Futurity : Essays On Environmental Sustainability And Social Justice Edited by Andrew Dobson, Oxford University Press, 1999, ISBN-10: 0198294883 ISBN-13: 978-0198294887

*Green Alternatives to Globalisation, A Manifesto by Michael Woodin and Caroline Lucas, Pluto Press 2004 ISBN 0745319327

*Green Political Thought by Andrew Dobson, Routledge, 3rd Edition, 2004, ISBN-10: 0415222044 ISBN-13: 978-0415222044

*The Green Reader by Andrew Dobson, Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1991, ISBN 10: 0233986537

*A Radical Green Political Theory, by Alan Carter, Routledge, London, 1999

*Seeing Green:The Politics of Ecology Explained by Jonathan Porritt, Blackwell, Oxford 1984.

*The Enemy of Nature by Joel Kovel, Zed Pres, New York, 2002

Green Philosophy

*Philosophical Basis of the Green Party of England and Wales –

*The Compassionate Revolution, Radical Politics and Buddhism by David Edwards, Green Books 1998 ISBN 1870098706

*Environmental Culture by Val Plumwood, Routledge 2002 – ISBN 0415178789

*Gaia:A New Look At Life On Earth by James Lovelock, Oxford Paperbacks, 2000 , ISBN -10 : 0192862189

*Marx’s Ecology:Materialism and Nature by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review, 2000.

General Political Theory

*The Politics of Social Ecology:Libertarian Municipalism by Janet Biehl, Black Rose Books Ltd, 1997 ISBN-10: 1551641003, ISBN-13: 978-1551641003

*The Ecology of Freedom:The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy by Murray Bookchin, Black Rose Books Ltd, 1991 ISBN 092168973X

*No Logo by Naomi Klein, Flamingo, London, 2001.

* The Great Transformation by K Polanyi, Beacon Press, Boston, 1957

*Arguments For A New Left – Answering The Free-Market Right by Hilary Wainwright, Blackwell Publishing Professional, 1993, ISBN 0631191917

British Politics and History

*Anti-Capitalist Britain edited by John Carter and Dave Morland, New Clarion Press 2003 – ISBN 1873797443

*Britain’s First Socialists: The Levellers, Agitators and Diggers of the English Revolution by F. Brockway, Quartet, London 1980.

*Chartism by Asa Briggs, Sutton Pocket Histories, Sutton Publishing 1998 ISBN 0750919167

*Captive State : The Corporate Takeover of Britain by George Monbiot, Macmillan, London, 2003.

*Votes For Women:The Virago Book Of Suffragettes (Ed) by Joyce Marlow, Virago Press Limited, 2001, ISBN 1860498965

* The Blair Revelation – Deliverance for Whom? by Michael Barratt Brown and Ken Coates, Spokesman Books, 1996, ISBN: 0851246052

* Writings on the Wall – a Radical and Socialist Anthology 1215-1984 Edited by Tony Benn, Faber and Faber, 1984, ISBN: 0571133355

International Politics and History

*Charter of the Global Greens(Canberra 2001)

*Fences and Windows – Dispatches From The Frontlines Of The Globalization Debate by Naomi Klein, Flamingo 2002, ISBN 0007150474

*Globalizing Resistance : The State Of Struggle by Francois Polet (Ed), Pluto Press, 2005, ISBN-10: 0745323553 ISBN-13: 978-0745323558

*Half Gone:Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis by Jeremy Leggett, Portobello Books Ltd, 2006, ISBN-10: 1846270057 ISBN-13: 978-1846270055

*One No, Many Yeses by Paul Kingsnorth, Free Press, London, 2004.

*Hidden Agendas by John Pilger, Vintage, 1998, ISBN 0099741512

*The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast, Constable and Robinson, 2003, ISBN 1841197149

*The Chomsky Reader by Noam Chomsky, Edited by James Peck, Serpents Tail, 1987, ISBN1-85242-117-7

*The Party’s Over : Oil, War And The Fate Of Industrial Societies By Richard Heinberg, New Society Publishers, 2003, ISBN-10: 0865714827 ISBN-13: 978-0865714823


*Capital Volume I, A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx, Penguin Classics 1992, ISBN 0140445684

* Economic Democracy – the Politics of Feasible Socialism by Robin Archer, Oxford University Press, 1998, ISBN: 0198295383

*Ecosocialism or Ecobarbarism Edited by Michel Lowy, Sheila Malone, and Jane Kelly. IMG Publications ISBN-10: 0902869973, ISBN-13: 978-0902869974

*The Growth Illusion – how economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet by Richard Douthwaite, New Society Publishers 1999, ISBN: 0865713960

*The Silent Take Over: Global Capitalism and the Death Of Democracy by Noreena Hertz, Collins 2003, ISBN 006055973X

Green Economics

*A Citizens Income – A Foundation for a Sustainable World by Clive Lord, John Carpenter (Publisher) 2003, ISBN 1897766874

*Babylon and Beyond – The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements by Derek Wall, Pluto Press, 2005 – ISBN 0 7453 2390 1

*Ecological Debt-The Health Of The Planet and The Wealth Of Nations by Andrew Simms, Pluto Press, 2005, ISBN-10: 0745324045
ISBN-13: 978-0745324043

*Green Economics – Beyond Supply and Demand to Meeting People’s Needs by Molly Scott Cato and Miriam Kennett, Green Audit Books, 1999, ISBN 189776118X

*Localisation: A Global Manifesto by Colin Hines, Earthscan, London, 2000

*Market, Schmarket – Building the Post Capitalist Economy by Molly Scott Cato, New Clarion Press 2006 – ISBN 1 873397 50 8

*Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E Schumacher, Abacus, London, 1978.

*The Vulnerable Planet : A Short Economic History Of The Environment by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review Press, New York, 1999, ISBN-10: 158367019X ISBN-13: 978-1583670194


*The Little Earth Book by James Bruges
(Various editions) Alistair Sawday Publishing Co Ltd ISBN 1901970310

*News From Nowhere and Other Writings by William Morris, Penguin Classics 1994, ISBN 0140433309

*One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse, Beacon Press, 1991.

*Our Final Century: Will Civilisation Survive the 21st Century ? by Martin Rees, Arrow 2004, ISBN 0099436868

*The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell, Oxford World’s Classics, 2005, ISBN 0192804537

*To Have Or To Be by Erich Fromm, Abacus, 1990, ISBN-10: 0349113432 ISBN-13: 978-0349113432

*Tools For Conviviality by Ivan Illich, Marion Boyars Publishers, 2001 ISBN-10: 0714509744 ISBN-13: 978-0714509747

*Woman On the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy 1976 (2000) The Women’s Press, London ISBN 0-7043-4656-7

Environmental Issues

*Dirty Planet: The Friends of the Earth Guide to Pollution and What You Can Do About It by Caroline Clayton, Livewire Books For Teenagers 2001, ISBN 0704349647

*The Greenpeace Guide To Anti-Environmental Organisations by Carl Deal, Pluto Press, 2002, ISBN-10: 1878825054 ISBN-13: 978-1878825056.

*Politics And The Environment:From Theory To Practice by James Connelly and Graham Smith, Routledge 2002, ISBN 041525146X

Social Issues, Gender and Sexuality

*No Bath But Plenty Of Bubbles – An Oral History Of The Gay Liberation Front 1970-1973, By Lisa Power, Cassell, 1996, ISBN 0304332054

*The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer, Flamingo Modern Classics 1999, ISBN 0586080554


CND – Now More Than Ever : The Story Of A Peace Movement by Kate Hudson, Vision Paperbacks, ISBN 1940132693
Policy Development Background Reading

*Contraction and Convergence: The Global Solution To Climate Change by Aubrey Meyer, Schumacher Briefings, Green Books, December 2000.

* Environmental Policy by Jane Roberts, Routledge 2003, ISBN 0415198860

*The Limits To Growth: The 30 Year Update by J.H. Meadows, J. Randers and Dennis L. Meadows, Earthscan Publications Ltd, 2004, ISBN-10: 1844071448 ISBN-13: 978-1844071449

*Plan B : Rescuing A Planet Under Stress And A Civilization In Trouble by Lester R. Brown, WW Norton & Co Ltd , 2003, ISBN-10: 0393325237
ISBN-13: 978-0393325232

*The Politics Of The Environment by Neil Carter, Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN-10: 0521469945 ISBN-13: 978-0521469944

*Powerdown: Options And Actions For A Post Carbon World By Richard Heinberg, Clearview Books, New Ed Edition, 2004, ISBN-10: 1902636635
ISBN-13: 978-1902636634

*Understanding Political Participation: Green Party Membership in Scotland by Lynne G. Bennie, Ashgate, 2004, ISBN 0754617238



  1. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer seems an obvious choice. Others may be able to suggest different books which have been influential on the concept of Animal Rights.

    Comment by Ryan Bridgewater — August 12, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  2. I’d like to suggest “Progress and Poverty” by Henry George for the economics section. A challenge to Marxists and right wing neo-liberal economists alike and as relevant today as when it was first written 131 years ago and a must read for anyone who wants to understand why we inequality and poverty continue to get worse despite great material advancement.

    Comment by Peter Smith — October 15, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

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