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

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

by Andrew Hurrell (Editor), Benedict Kingsbury (Editor)
 

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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. The seriousness and global scale of these problems also poses new challenges for international relations and demands new forms of

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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. The seriousness and global scale of these problems also poses new challenges for international relations and demands new forms of co-operation between states. Is such co-operation possible? This book brings together leading specialists to assess the strengths, limitations, and potential of the international political system for global environmental management. It begins by examining the processes of international environmental negotiation, law-making, and regime formation, and explores 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. Case studies of Brazil, Japan, and the United States explore the wide range of factors influencing international environmental policy, while other contributors examine the increasingly central role of transnational environmental NGOs, the arguments for justice made by the South, and the special problems of international interest and sovereign rights raised by tropical deforestation. 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198277781
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.18(d)

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Nuffield College, Oxford

Exeter College, Oxford

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