Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries: Transnational Relations and Biodiversity Policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia / Edition 1

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Overview

In the absence of world government, effective national policy is essential to the success of international environmental initiatives. Yet research on global environmental cooperation has proceeded without models of policy change in developing countries, where most of the world's people, land, and species are found. In this book Paul Steinberg provides a theoretical framework to explain the domestic responses of developing countries to global environmental concerns. Drawing on extensive field research, he traces the evolution of public policies to protect biological diversity in Costa Rica and Bolivia over the past four decades, to understand how these countries emerged as leaders in tropical conservation and how international institutions might support similar outcomes in other countries.Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries explodes the myth that developing countries are too preoccupied with short-term economic growth and material survival to devote attention to global environmental concerns. Instead it offers a nuanced account of complex,decades-long efforts to create effective institutions, and analyzes the relative roles of foreign and domestic actors in this process.

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"Paul Steinberg's wonderfully detailed assessment of environmental leadership inBolivia and Costa Rica is not simply an inspiring story of how enlightened conservationists can succeed against frequently daunting odds, but also a highly insightful analysis of how this can be done. By demonstrating the close links between domestic and international environmental leaders, the book demolishes the misleading myth that conservation is the 'foreigner's agenda.'"—William Ascher,Dean of Faculty and Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, Claremont McKennaCollege
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262692663
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul F. Steinberg is Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy atHarvey Mudd College and the author of Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries: Transnational Relations and Biodiversity Policy in Costa Rica and Bolivia (MIT Press,2001).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
I Global Concern, National Authority 1
1 Introduction: Bilateral Activism in Global Environmental Politics 3
2 Environmental Privilege Revisited 27
II Historical Perspectives 47
3 Environmental Leadership: The Costa Rican Example 49
4 Environmental Leadership: The Bolivian Example 95
III Explaining Policy Change 129
5 Domestic Political Resources 131
6 Policy Culture 153
7 Comparative Perspectives on Global Problems 193
Methodological Appendix 211
Notes 229
References 243
Index 267
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