The International Politics of the Environment: Actors, Interests, and Institutions

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The most pressing environmental issues, such as global warming, ozone depletion, water and air pollution, deforestation, and the loss of biodiversity generate enormous tasks for science, technology, and economic and social organization. But the seriousness and global scale of these problems also pose new challenges for international relations and demand new forms of co-operation between states. Is such co-operation possible? How can states negotiate workable international environmental agreements and implement ...
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Overview

The most pressing environmental issues, such as global warming, ozone depletion, water and air pollution, deforestation, and the loss of biodiversity generate enormous tasks for science, technology, and economic and social organization. But the seriousness and global scale of these problems also pose new challenges for international relations and demand new forms of co-operation between states. Is such co-operation possible? How can states negotiate workable international environmental agreements and implement them effectively? This book brings together leading specialists to assess the strengths, limitations, and potential of the international political system for global environmental management. Overview chapters examine the processes of international environmental negotiation, law-making, and regime formation, and explore the difficulties of implementation and enforcement. Experts close to particular institutions consider the environmental and developmental roles of the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Community. Other chapters explore the conflicts of interest between states, especially between North and South, the increasingly central role of NGOs, and the problems of economic analysis and decision-making in the face of uncertainty, with particular reference to global climate change. Case studies of Brazil, Japan, and the United States explore critical factors influencing international environmental policy. This collection provides an authoritative and timely analysis of the political, economic, and moral issues at stake in international environmental co-operation.
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"This study is of theoretical and practical interest for international lawyers...the book not only clearly and critically analyzes the negotiation process of international environmental regimes, but it also suggests some relevant solutions to overcome the impasse which has so far delayed the adoption of such regimes. With its broad informative content, this book gives contemporary indication as to how to interpret the instruments agreed upon at Rio and some helpful guidelines for improving international law-making in the future."--European Journal of International Law

"One of the most comprehensive collections available on the subject, the work is highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and up."--Choice

"This fine collection of papers adds substantially to a growing literature of great importance."--Foreign Affairs

"Provides an accurate, comprehensive review of environmental politics. It is splendidly written, and a must reading for anyone interested in the most pressing issue of our time."--Dr. Shalendra Sharma, Univ. of San Francisco

"A fine piece of environmental literature....The book successfully analyzes the theories and documents which national and international actors and institutions rely on in the international environmental arena."--The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198273653
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/20/1992
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Nuffield College, Oxford

Exeter College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Some Major Multilateral Environmental Treaties
1 The International Politics of the Environment: An Introduction 1
Pt. I Standard Setting and Implementation
2 International Environmental Law: Its Adequacy for Present and Future Needs 51
3 Regime Theory and International Environmental Management 85
4 Non-Governmental Organizations and the Legal Protection of the Oceans: A Case Study 110
5 Negotiating More Effective International Environmental Agreements 142
6 Climate Change: Problems of Law-Making 166
Pt. II Institutions
7 The Role of the United Nations 183
8 The Role of the World Bank 212
9 The European Community and International Environmental Policy 228
Pt. III Power and Conflicts of Interest
10 Global Warming and International Action: An Economic Perspective 253
11 United States Policy Towards the Global Environment 290
12 Non-Governmental Organizations and the Making of US International Environmental Policy 313
13 Japan's Global Environmental Policies 354
14 The Unavoidability of Justice 373
15 Brazil and the International Politics of Amazonian Deforestation 398
16 The Anatomy of Environmental Action: The Case of Tropical Deforestation 430
Notes on Contributors 455
Bibliography 459
Index 471
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