The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change: Fit, Interplay, and Scale

The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change: Fit, Interplay, and Scale

by Oran R. Young, Oran Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262740249

ISBN-13: 9780262740241

Pub. Date: 05/01/2002

Publisher: MIT Press

Researchers studying the role institutions play in causing and confronting environmental change use a variety of concepts and methods that make it difficult to compare their findings. Seeking to remedy this problem, Oran Young takes the analytic themes identified in the Institutional Dimensions of Global
Environmental Change (IDGEC) Science Plan as cutting-edge

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Researchers studying the role institutions play in causing and confronting environmental change use a variety of concepts and methods that make it difficult to compare their findings. Seeking to remedy this problem, Oran Young takes the analytic themes identified in the Institutional Dimensions of Global
Environmental Change (IDGEC) Science Plan as cutting-edge research concerns and develops them into a common structure for conducting research. He illustrates his arguments with examples of environmental change ranging in scale from the depletion of local fish stocks to the disruption of Earth's climate system.Young not only explores theoretical concerns such as the relative merits of collective-action and social-practice models of institutions but also addresses the IDGEC-identified problems of institutional fit, interplay, and scale. He shows how institutions interact both with one another and with the biophysical environment and assesses the extent to which we can apply lessons drawn from the study of local institutions to the study of global institutions and vice versa. He examines how research on institutions can help us to solve global problems of environmental governance.
Substantive topics discussed include the institutional dimensions of carbon management, the performance of exclusive economic zones, and the political economy of boreal and tropical forests.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262740241
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Series:
Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
IConcepts and Models1
1Environmental Change: Institutional Drivers, Institutional Responses3
2Collective-Action Models versus Social-Practice Models29
IIAnalytic Frontiers53
3Fit: Matching Ecosystem Properties and Regime Attributes55
4Vertical Interplay: The Consequences of Cross-Scale Interactions83
5Horizontal Interplay: The Politics of Institutional Linkages111
6Scale: Addressing Local and Global Environmental Challenges139
IIIAnalysis and Praxis163
7Usable Knowledge: Design Principles and Institutional Diagnostics165
Notes191
References197
Index211

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