Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers

Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers

by Oran R. Young
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262240572

ISBN-13: 9780262240574

Pub. Date: 11/30/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

Studies show that institutions play a role both in causing and in addressing problems arising from human-environment interactions. But the nature of this role is complex and not easily described. This book presents an overview of recent research on how institutions matter in efforts to tackle such environmental problems as the loss of biological diversity, the

Overview

Studies show that institutions play a role both in causing and in addressing problems arising from human-environment interactions. But the nature of this role is complex and not easily described. This book presents an overview of recent research on how institutions matter in efforts to tackle such environmental problems as the loss of biological diversity, the degradation of forests, and the overarching issue of climate change. Using the tools of the "new institutionalism" in the social sciences, the book treats institutions as sets of rights, rules, and decision-making procedures. Individual chapters present research findings and examine policy implications regarding questions of causality,
performance, and institutional design as well as the themes of institutional fit (or misfit), interplay, and scale. Institutions and Environmental Change is the product of a decade-long international research project on the Institutional Dimensions of
Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) carried out under the auspices of the
International Human Dimensions Programme. The book's policy insights demonstrate that research on institutions can provide the basis for practical advice on effective ways to deal with the most pressing environmental problems of our times.

Contributors: Frank Biermann, Carl
Folke, Victor Galaz, Thomas Gehring, Joyeeta Gupta, Thomas Hahn, Leslie A. King,
Ronald B. Mitchell, Sebastian Oberthür, Per Olsson, Heike Schroeder, Uno Svedin,
Simon Tay, Arild Underdal, Oran R. Young

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262240574
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/30/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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