Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change: Perspectives from Science, Sociology and the Law

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Originally published in 2006, this collection is the outcome of an interdisciplinary research project involving scholars in the fields of international and comparative environmental law, the sociology and politics of global governance, and the scientific study of global climate change. Earth system analysis as developed by the natural sciences is transferred to the analysis of institutions of global environmental change. Rather than one overarching supranational organisation, a system of 'multilevel' institutions is advocated. The book examines the proper role of industrial self-regulation, of horizontal transfer of national policies, of regional integration, and of improved coordination between international environmental organisations, as well as basic principles for sustainable use of resources. Addressing both academics and politicians, this book will stimulate the debate about the means of improving global governance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521173438
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 654
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerd Winter is Professor of Public Law and Sociology of Law at the University of Bremen.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Dimensions and mechanisms of global climate change 37
3 Global climate change : what can we learn from the past? 67
4 The social embeddedness of global environmental governance 79
5 Globalising a green civil society : in search of conceptual clarity 106
6 Private authority, global governance, and the law 149
7 Responsibility of transnational corporations in international environmental law : three perspectives 179
8 Transboundary corporate responsibility in environmental matters : fragments and foundations for a future framework 200
9 The diffusion of environmental policy innovations 227
10 Process-related measures and global environmental governance 254
11 The impact of the USA on regime formation and implementation 275
12 Transnational bureaucracy networks : a resource of global environmental governance? 305
13 The EU : a regional model? 333
14 Transition and governance : the case of post-communist states 358
15 Multilateral environmental agreements and the compliance continuum 387
16 On clustering international environmental agreements 409
17 Institutions, knowledge, and change : findings from the quantitative study of environmental regimes 430
18 Regulatory competition and developing countries and the challenge for compliance push and pull measures 455
19 Policy instrument innovation in the European Union : a realistic model for international environmental governance? 470
20 Financial instruments and cooperation in implementing international agreements for the global environment 493
21 Global environmental change and the nation state : sovereignty bounded? 519
22 Whose environment? Concepts of commonality in international environmental law 539
23 Globalising environmental liability : the interplay of national and international law 559
24 The legal nature of environmental principles in international, EU, and exemplary national law 587
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