Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered

Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered

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Overview

An examination of three major trends in global governance, exemplified by developments in transnational environmental rule-setting.

The notion of global governance is widely studied in academia and increasingly relevant to politics and policy making. Yet many of its fundamental elements remain unclear in both theory and practice. This book offers a fresh perspective by analyzing global governance in terms of three major trends, as exemplified by developments in global sustainability governance: the emergence of nonstate actors; new mechanisms of transnational cooperation; and increasingly segmented and overlapping layers of authority.

The book, which is the synthesis of a ten-year “Global Governance Project” carried out by thirteen leading European research institutions, first examines new nonstate actors, focusing on international bureaucracies, global corporations, and transnational networks of scientists; then investigates novel mechanisms of global governance, particularly transnational environmental regimes, public-private partnerships, and market-based arrangements; and, finally, looks at fragmentation of authority, both vertically among supranational, international, national, and subnational layers, and horizontally among different parallel rule-making systems.

The implications, potential, and realities of global environmental governance are defining questions for our generation. This book distills key insights from the past and outlines the most important research challenges for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262017664
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Biermann is Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University and the author of Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene (MIT Press).

Philipp Pattberg is Associate Professor of Transnational Governance in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University.

Steinar Andresen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway.

Aarti Gupta is Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy Group of the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Bernd Siebenhüner is Professor of Ecological Economics at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Wallenberg Research Fellow Department of Political Science Lund University Box 52 SE 221 00 Lund SwedenStacy D. VanDeveer is Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the coeditor of Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance (MIT Press).

Frank Biermann is Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University and the author of Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene (MIT Press).

Philipp Pattberg is Associate Professor of Transnational Governance in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface ix

List of Acronyms xv

1 Global Environmental Governance Revisited Frank Biermann Philipp Pattberg 1

I The New Actors 25

2 International Bureaucracies Steffen Bauer Steinar Andresen Frank Biermann 27

3 Global Corporations Kyla Tienhaara Amandine Orsini Robert Falkner 45

4 Science Networks Aarti Gupta Steinar Andresen Bernd Siebenhüner Frank Biermann 69

II The New Mechanisms 95

5 Transnational Environmental Regimes Philipp Pattberg 97

6 Transnational Public-Private Partnerships Karin Bäckstrand Sabine Campe Sander Chan Aysem Mert Marco Schäferhoff 123

7 Transnational Governance Experiments Harriet Bulkeley Matthew J. Hoffmann Stacy D. VanDeveer Victoria Milledge 149

III The New Interlinkages and Fragmentations 173

8 Horizontal Institutional Interlinkages Fariborz Zelli Aarti Gupta Harro van Asselt 175

9 International-Domestic Linkages and Policy Convergen Per-Olof Busch Aarti Gupta Robert Falkner 199

10 Regional Governance Arrangements Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská Veronika Chobotová 219

11 The Changing Role of the State Daniel Compagnon Sander Chan Aysem Mert 237

12 Conclusions Frank Biermann Philipp Pattberg 265

Glossary 281

Contributors 285

Index 293

What People are Saying About This

Peter Newell

This is an excellent book that brings the minds of many of the world's leading scholars of global environmental politics to bear upon the question of how best to explain and improve the actors and mechanisms which underpin contemporary global environmental governance. I have no doubt that it will become a defining text in a crowded field.

Endorsement

This book summarizes core findings of a ten-year research program on Global Environmental Governance. Given the size and relevance of this project, it will be considered an invaluable resource for research in this field. Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered succeeds in providing both an overview of the state of the art and new insights.

Michael Zürn, Director of the Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions Research unit at the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin; Professor of International Relations, Free University Berlin

From the Publisher

A superbly edited collection. Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg bring together a group of world-class scholars to provide a visionary analysis of the latest trends and research gaps in global environmental governance. Any future inquiry will want to build on this landmark book.

Peter Dauvergne , Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics, University of British Columbia

This is an excellent book that brings the minds of many of the world's leading scholars of global environmental politics to bear upon the question of how best to explain and improve the actors and mechanisms which underpin contemporary global environmental governance. I have no doubt that it will become a defining text in a crowded field.

Peter Newell , School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

This book summarizes core findings of a ten-year research program on Global Environmental Governance. Given the size and relevance of this project, it will be considered an invaluable resource for research in this field. Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered succeeds in providing both an overview of the state of the art and new insights.

Michael Zürn , Director of the Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions Research unit at the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin; Professor of International Relations, Free University Berlin

Peter Dauvergne

A superbly edited collection. Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg bring together a group of world-class scholars to provide a visionary analysis of the latest trends and research gaps in global environmental governance. Any future inquiry will want to build on this landmark book.

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