Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change

Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change

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Overview

Experts investigate how states and other actors can improve inter-institutional synergy and examine the complexity of overlapping environmental governance structures.

Institutional interaction and complexity are crucial to environmental governance and are quickly becoming dominant themes in the international relations and environmental politics literatures. This book examines international institutional interplay and its consequences, focusing on two important issues: how states and other actors can manage institutional interaction to improve synergy and avoid disruption; and what forces drive the emergence and evolution of institutional complexes, sets of institutions that cogovern particular issue areas.

The book, a product of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change research project (IDGEC), offers both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Chapters range from analytical overviews to case studies of institutional interaction, interplay management, and regime complexes in areas including climate change, fisheries management, and conservation of biodiversity. Contributors discuss such issues as the complicated management of fragmented multilateral institutions addressing climate change; the possible “chilling effect” on environmental standards from existing commitments; governance niches in Arctic resource protection; the relationships among treaties on conservation and use of plant genetic resources; causal factors in cross-case variation of regime prevalence; and the difficult relationship between the World Trade Organization and multilateral environmental agreements. The book offers a broad overview of research on interplay management and institutional complexes that provides important insights across the field of global environmental governance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262516242
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sebastian Oberthür is Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies at Free University Brussels and the coeditor (with Thomas Gehring) of Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance: Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies (MIT Press, 2006)Olav Schram Stokke is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and Research Professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. He is coeditor of Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change (MIT Press, 2011) and International Cooperation and Arctic Governance (2010, Chinese edition 2014) as well as editor of Governing High Seas Fisheries: The Interplay of Global and Regional Regimes.

Olav Schram Stokke is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and Research Professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. He is coeditor of Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change (MIT Press, 2011) and International Cooperation and Arctic Governance (2010, Chinese edition 2014) as well as editor of Governing High Seas Fisheries: The Interplay of Global and Regional Regimes.

Sebastian Oberthür is Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies at Free University Brussels and the coeditor (with Thomas Gehring) of Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance: Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies (MIT Press, 2006)Thomas Gehring is Professor of International Politics and European Integration at Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction: Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Change Olav Schram Stokke Sebastian Oberthür 1

2 Institutional Interaction: Ten Years of Scholarly Development Sebastian Oberthür Thomas Gehring 25

3 Legal and Political Approaches in Interplay Management: Dealing with the Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance Harro van Asselt 59

4 Savings Clauses and the "Chilling Effect": Regime Interplay as Constraints on International Governance Mark Axelrod 87

5 Managing Policy Contradictions between the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols: The Case of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Sebastian Oberthür Claire Dupont Yasuko Matsumoto 115

6 Interplay Management, Niche Selection, and Arctic Environmental Governance Olav Schram Stokke 143

7 The Role of Expert Networks in Reducing Regime Conflict: Contrasting Cases in the Management of Plant Genetic Resources Stefan Jungcurt 171

8 Regime Conflicts and Their Management in Global Environmental Governance Fariborz Zelli 199

9 The Institutional Complex of Trade and Environment: Toward an Interlocking Governance Structure and a Division of Labor Thomas Gehring 227

10 UNCLOS, Property Rights, and Effective Fisheries Management: The Dynamics of Vertical Interplay Frank Alcock 255

11 Interplay Management in the Climate, Energy, and Development Nexus Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen Marcel T. J. Kok 285

12 Conclusions: Decentralized Interplay Management in an Evolving Interinstitutional Order Sebastian Oberthür Olav Schram Stokke 313

List of Contributors 343

Index 345

What People are Saying About This

Helmut Breitmeier

This book is an extremely valuable contribution to the mapping of different forms of interplay management and of forms of complex regime interaction in the environmental field and beyond. It presents the state of the art in an area where much is in flux and sets the stage for further research.

Endorsement

This book is an extremely valuable contribution to the mapping of different forms of interplay management and of forms of complex regime interaction in the environmental field and beyond. It presents the state of the art in an area where much is in flux and sets the stage for further research.

Helmut Breitmeier, FernUniversit

From the Publisher

This book is an extremely valuable contribution to the mapping of different forms of interplay management and of forms of complex regime interaction in the environmental field and beyond. It presents the state of the art in an area where much is in flux and sets the stage for further research.

Helmut Breitmeier , FernUniversit

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