This book aims to take stock of the state of environmental degradation in Europe from theoretical and empirical point of views. It focuses on international organizations and institutions in Europe that deal with ecological problems and integrates case studies on regional environmental cooperation.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Opening Remarks -- The Globalization of Environmental Problems -- Europe and the Atlantic Community in the Context of an Ecological World Order -- The State of the Global Environment: Is There a Need for an “Orderly Retreat”? -- Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development: Challenges to the North on the Road from Rio -- Economic and Institutional Capacities for International Environmental Cooperation -- Affluence and Scarceness: The Effect of Economic and Sociocultural Capacities on Environmental Cooperation -- Economic and Institutional Capacities for Environmental Cooperation -- International Negotiating Processes in the Environmental Field and Their Results -- Specific Characteristics of Environmental Diplomacy -- Critical Attributes of International Environmental Negotiations -- The Role of International Environmental Law -- Comments on the Objective of Regional International Environmental Law -- Regional Environmental Policies in Europe -- The Environmental Policy of the European Community -- Harmonization of the EC Environmental Policy After Maastricht -- East Central European Policy Making: The Case of the Environment -- The Central European Initiative -- Regional Environmental Policies in Europe: Baltic/Nordic Cooperation -- Comments on the Baltic/Nordic Cooperation -- Domestic Environmental Politics in a Comparative Perspective -- Domestic Environmental Politics in a Comparative Perspective: The Nordic Countries -- Drifting Countries: Politics and Environment in East Central Europe -- The Political Infrastructure of Environmental Politics in Western and Eastern Europe -- Domestic Environmental Politics in a Comparative Perspective: The Italian Case -- Environmental Policy: The Case of Austria