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Shaping Environmental Policy: Conversation with Christopher Patten, Sec. of State for the Environment, Great Britain; 8/10/89 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas. The interview is three pages, outlined below.

Welcome to a Conversation on International Affairs. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is the Right Honorable Chris Patton, who is a member of the British Parliament from Bath. He has just been named Secretary of State for the Environment. Previously, he was Minister for Overseas Development. He is the author of a book entitled The Tory Case. He was educated at Oxford.

  1. Background ... entry into politics ... education... becoming a "wet" Tory
  2. Joining the British Cabinet ... Secretary for Overseas Development ... linking environmental issues to development aid ... poverty and sustainable development ... negotiating with Brazil ... concerns of developing world ... political "grandstanding"
  3. Placing Environment on the Agenda ... emergence of the issue; environmentalist generation ... conflict with economic growth ... conservatives and environmental issues: regulating capitalism ... prerequisites for action ... conflicts in the cabinet ... goals of the minister ... in the vanguard ... loss of sovereignty ... mobilizing support ... reaching citizens

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