Governing a Common Sea: Environmental Policies in the Baltic Sea Region

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"This is a very welcome volume, and it will reach a large audience and readership among those involved in these issues from a truly multidisciplinary perspective; in essence, a much needed book!"
Erik Bonsdorff, professor of marine biology at Åbo Akademi University, Finland

"This timely volume provides a thorough account of how the highly advanced industrial societies seek to govern and manage the Baltic Sea. The way they proceed, and the degree to which they succeed, provide valuable lessons for riparian states ...

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Overview

"This is a very welcome volume, and it will reach a large audience and readership among those involved in these issues from a truly multidisciplinary perspective; in essence, a much needed book!"
Erik Bonsdorff, professor of marine biology at Åbo Akademi University, Finland

"This timely volume provides a thorough account of how the highly advanced industrial societies seek to govern and manage the Baltic Sea. The way they proceed, and the degree to which they succeed, provide valuable lessons for riparian states seeking to avoid tragedies of their commons."
Lennart J. Lundqvist, professor of environmental policy and administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

How is a natural common pool resource such as a sea, which is shared by several countries, best governed? The potential for international conflict is immense, as each country may have different agendas with regard to issues such as exploitation and environmental protection.

This book uses a case study of the Baltic Sea Region to examine this complex problem. The sea itself has been highly vulnerable to pollution and recently the bordering nations have begun to change their mode of cooperation to tackle this issue by establishing several new forums to manage the sea. Administrative and political structures developed in the region are reviewed and shown to provide a model that could be applied to other seas and natural resource systems elsewhere in the world.

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'This is a very welcome volume, and it will reach a large audience and readership among those involved in these issues from a truly multidisciplinary perspective; in essence, a much needed book! - Erik Bonsdorff, professor of marine biology at Abo Akademi University, Finland

'This timely volume provides a thorough account of how the highly advanced industrial societies seek to govern and manage the Baltic Sea. The way they proceed, and the degree to which they succeed, provide valuable lessons for riparian states seeking to avoid tragedies of their commons.' - Lennart J. Lundqvist, professor of environmental policy and administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

'Environmental problems are never only to do with the environment: in order to understand and then address them we must take a wider, multifaceted perspective. And this book does this well ... This is an interesting and well-researched book.' - Liza Griffin, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

'Effective governance is... still far off. Governing a Common Sea comes quite some way in explaining why'. Journal of Baltic Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781138002043
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Marko Joas is senior lecturer in political science and head of research in public administration at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Detlef Jahn is professor of comparative politics at the University of Greifswald, Germany. Kristine Kern is visiting professor in the school of life sciences, Södertörn University College, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Tuula Aarnio
• Part I: Introduction
• Governance in the Baltic Sea Region: Balancing States, Cities and People
• Part II: Introduction and Institutionalization of Environmental Concerns within the Baltic Sea Region
• Environmental Pollution and Economic Performance in the Baltic Sea Region
• Institutionalization of an International Environmental Policy Regime: The Helsinki Convention, Finland and the Cold War
• Environmental Concerns within the Baltic Sea Region: A Nordic—Baltic Comparison
• Environmental Governance in the Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
• Part III: New Structures of Governance in the Baltic Sea Region
• Governance beyond the Nation State: Transnationalization and Europeanization of the Baltic Sea Region
• Local Governance for Sustainable Development: Local Agenda 21 in the Baltic Sea Region
• Part IV: Interactions between Regional Governance for Conservation Policy and the Use of Local Livelihood
• Regional Actors Caught between Local Livelihood and International Conservation: Grey Seal Conservation Controversy
• Unity versus Disunity of Environmental Governance in the Baltic Sea Region
• Part V: Conclusions
• Governing a Common Sea: Comparative Patterns for Sustainable Development
• Index

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