Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance

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Overview

International environmental regimes—institutional arrangements that govern human-environmental interactions—are dynamic, changing continuously over time. Some regimes go from strength to strength, becoming more effective over the years, while others seem stymied from the beginning. Some regimes start strong, then decline; others are ineffective at first but become successful with the passage of time. In Institutional Dynamics, Oran Young offers the first detailed analysis of these developmental trajectories. Understanding the emergent patterns in environmental governance and how they affect regime effectiveness, he argues, is an important part of solving environmental problems. Young proposes a framework for analyzing patterns of institutional change based on the alignment of internal, endogenous factors—which include flexibility, monitoring procedures, and funding mechanisms—with such external, exogenous factors as the attributes of environmental problems, the political and economic contexts, and technological innovations. He offers five case studies of environmental regimes, governing environmental problems ranging from climate change to the protection of the Northern Fur Seal, each of which exemplifies one of the emergent patterns he has identified: progressive development, punctuated equilibrium, arrested development, diversion, and collapse.

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"This book breaks new ground in analyzing the dynamics of change in environmental institutions while offering the same impressive theoretical creativity, conceptual precision, and broad learning that we expect from the work of Oran Young. It is a valuable piece of work, and Iexpect to make use of it in both my research and teaching." Edward A. Parson, Joseph L. SaxCollegiate Professor of Law, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, University ofMichigan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262514408
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Oran R. Young is Professor and Codirector of the Program on Governance for SustainableDevelopment 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), theInternational Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations University (UNU). He is the author of The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change: Fit, Interplay, andScale (2002) and coeditor (with Leslie A. King and Heike Schroeder) ofInstitutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and ResearchFrontiers (2008), both published by the MIT Press.

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