The Effectiveness of International Environmental Regimes: Causal Connections and Behavioral Mechanisms / Edition 1

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Overview

To be effective, an international regime must play a significant role in solving or at least managing the problem that led to its creation. But because regimes--social institutions composed of roles, rules, and relationships--are not actors in their own right, they can succeed only by influencing the behavior of their members or actors operating under their members'
jurisdiction.This book examines how regimes influence the behavior of their members and those associated with them. It identifies six mechanisms through which regimes affect behavior and discusses the role of each through in-depth case studies of three major environmental concerns:
intentional vessel-source oil pollution, shared fisheries, and transboundary acid rain. The behavioral mechanisms feature regimes as utility modifiers, as enhancers of cooperation, as bestowers of authority, as learning facilitators, as role definers, and as agents of internal realignments. The case studies show how these mechanisms can cause variations in effectiveness both across regimes and within individual regimes over time.One of the book's primary contributions is to develop methods to demonstrate which causal mechanisms come into play with specific regimes. It emphasizes the need to supplement conventional models assuming unitary and utility-maximizing actors to explain variations in regime effectiveness.Contributors : Lee G. Anderson, Ann Barrett, Marc A.
Levy, Moira L. McConnell, Natalia Mirovitskaya, Ronald Mitchell, Don Munton, Elena Nikitina, Gail
Osherenko, Alexei Roginko, Marvin Soroos, Olav Schram Stokke, Oran R. Young.

The MIT Press

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"This collection makes significant contributions to our understanding ofhow international regimes can influence the behavior that matters forconserving natural resources and protecting the environment, and hence whatconditions can make for more effective international environmentalmanagement." Edward A. Parson , John F. Kennedy School of
Government,Harvard University

The MIT Press

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Meet the Author

Oran R. Young is Professor and Codirector of the Program on Governance for Sustainable
Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California,
Santa Barbara, and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, sponsored by the International Council Of Science (ICSU), the
International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations University (UNU). He is the author of The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change: Fit, Interplay, and
Scale
(2002) and coeditor (with Leslie A. King and Heike Schroeder) of
Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research
Frontiers
(2008), both published by the MIT Press.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Contributors
1 The Effectiveness of International Environmental Regimes 1
2 International Vessel-Source Oil Pollution 33
3 The Barents Sea Fisheries 91
4 Acid Rain in Europe and North America 155
5 Regime Effectiveness: Taking Stock 249
Appendix: Notes on Methodology 281
References 289
Index 315
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