2nd Edition

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance

Edited By Jean-Frederic Morin, Amandine Orsini Copyright 2021
    332 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Aligning global governance to the challenges of sustainability is one of the most urgent international issues to be addressed. This book is a timely and up-to-date compilation of the main pieces of the global environmental governance puzzle.

    Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance synthesizes writing from an internationally diverse range of well-known experts. Each entry defines a central concept in global environmental governance, presents its historical evolution and related debates, and includes key bibliographical references. This new edition takes stock of several recent developments in global environmental politics including the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Global Pact for the Environment attempt in 2017, and the 2018 Oceans Plastics Charter. More precisely, this book:

    • offers cutting-edge analysis of the state of global environmental governance;

    • presents an up-to-date debate on sustainable development at the global level;

    • gives an in-depth exploration of current architecture of global environmental governance;

    • examines the interaction between environmental politics and other policy fields such as trade, development, and security;

    • provides a critical review of the recent global environmental governance literature.

    Innovative thinking and high-profile expertise come together to create a volume that is accessible to students, scholars, and practitioners alike.


    Simon Paquet


    Olivier de Schutter


    Åsa Persson

    Antarctic Treaty system

    Alan D. Hemmings


    Manuel Arias-Maldonado

    Arctic Council

    Olav Schram Stokke


    Joyeeta Gupta


    Olivier Boiral and Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria

    Biodiversity Regime

    G. Kristin Rosendal


    Robert Falkner

    Boundary Organizations

    Maria Carmen Lemos and Christine Kirchchoff

    Business and Corporations

    Doris Fuchs and Bastian Knebel

    Carrying Capacities Paradigm

    Nathan F. Sayre and Adam Romero


    Daniel Compagnon


    Marielle Papin

    Climate Change Regime

    Harro van Asselt

    Common but Differenciated Responsabilities

    Steve Vanderheiden

    Common Heritage of Humanity

    Scott J. Shackelford

    Complex Systems

    Rakhyun E. Kim

    Compliance and Implementation

    Sandrine Maljean-Dubois

    Conservation and Preservation

    Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Jennifer Clapp and Ian H. Rowlands

    Critical Political Economy

    Peter Newell

    Deep Ecology

    Kate Booth


    Barbara Muraca

    Desertification Convention

    Steffen Bauer


    Raymond Murphy

    Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

    Carrie Menkel-Meadow


    Josué Mathieu


    Sheryl D. Breen


    Mary Phillips

    Ecological Modernization

    Maarten A. Hajer

    Ecosystem Services (payments for)

    Stefanie Engel


    Detlef F. Sprinz

    Emerging Countries

    Ana Flavia Barros-Platiau and Amandine Orsini

    Energy Transition

    Espen Moe

    Environmental Justice

    Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh

    Epistemic Communities

    Mai’a K. Davis Cross

    Fisheries Governance

    Elizabeth R. DeSombre

    Gaia Theory

    Karen Litfin


    David Morrow

    Global Deliberative Democracy

    John Dryzek

    Global Environment Facility

    Raymond Clemençon

    Global Environmental Governance Studies

    Oran R. Young

    Global Pact for the Environment

    Véronique Fournier

    Global Public Good

    Sélim Louafi

    Grassroots Movements

    Brian Doherty

    Green Democracy

    Robyn Eckersley

    Green Economy

    David Gibbs

    Hazardous Wastes Regime

    Henrik Selin

    High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

    Kenneth Abbott and Steven Bernstein

    Human and Environmental Rights

    Sophie Lavallée

    Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

    Marc Hufty

    Influential Individuals

    Bob Reinalda

    Institutional Interactions

    Sebastian Oberthür and Thijs Van de Graaf

    International Whaling Commission

    Steinar Andresen

    Investment Protection

    Laurie Durel

    Kuznets Curve (environmental)

    David I. Stern

    Labeling and certification

    Benjamin Cashore, Graeme Auld, and Stefan Renckens


    Cymie R. Payne

    Liberal Environmentalism

    Steven Bernstein


    Christina Voigt


    Matthew Paterson


    François Gemenne

    Military Conflicts

    Maya Jegen

    Minimata Convention

    Azusa Uji

    Negotiating Coalitions

    Pamela Chasek

    Nongovernemental Organizations

    Michele M. Betsill


    Radoslav S. Dimitrov

    Ocean Plastics Charter

    Marcus Haward

    Ocean Protection

    Alice Vadrot

    Orbital Space Debris

    Steven Freeland

    Ozone regime

    David L. Downie


    Philippe Le Prestre


    Liliana Andonova, Manoela Assayag, and Dario Piselli


    Tiffany H. Morrison

    Policy Diffusion

    Katja Biedenkopf

    Polluter Pays Principle

    Nicolas de Sadeleer

    Population Sustainability

    Diana Coole


    Chiara Certomà

    Precautionary Principle

    Aarti Gupta

    Preventive Action Principle

    Hélène Trudeau

    Principle of Non-Regression

    Lynda Collins

    Private Regimes

    Jessica F. Green


    Heike Schroeder


    Amandine Orsini and Jean-Frédéric Morin

    Regional Governance

    Tom Delreux


    Klaus Dingwerth and Cornis van der Lugt

    Risk Society

    Ulrich Beck

    Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent in Trade

    Peter Hough


    Kate O’Neill

    Scarcity and Conflicts

    Alexis Carles


    Stacy D. VanDeveer and Simone Pulver


    Tim Forsyth


    Bernd Siebenhüner


    Hiroshi Ohta


    Charlotte Epstein


    Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini

    Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

    Jessica Templeton

    Summit Diplomacy

    Arild Underdal

    Sustainable Development

    Edwin Zaccai

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Elham Seyedsayamdost

    Sustainable Finance

    Dirk Schoenmaker


    Bernard P. Herber

    Technology Transfer

    Joanna I. Lewis


    Kozo Mayumi

    Tragedy of the Commons

    Thomas Falk, Björn Vollan, and Michael Kirk

    Transboundary Air Pollution Regime

    Delphine Misonne

    Transboundary Water Regime

    Shlomi Dinar

    Transgovernmental Networks

    Harriet Bulkeley

    Transnational Crime

    Lorraine Elliott


    Michael Mason

    Treaty Design

    Ronald Mitchell

    Treaty Negotiations

    Daniel Compagnon

    UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

    Tim Stephens

    United Nations Environment Programme

    Steffen Bauer

    Wetlands Convention

    Nick Davidson and Royal Gardner

    World Bank

    Susan Park

    World Environment Organization

    Frank Biermann

    World Trade Organization

    Fariborz Zelli




    Jean-Frédéric Morin is Full Professor at the Political Science Department of the Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) and chair holder of the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy.

    Amandine Orsini is Professor of International Relations at the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Belgium.

    "Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance is an incredibly useful resource for students. It provides short introductory entries for students new to the field or from a related field. The authors compiled an impressive and cohesive list of entries that provides an excellent foundation for all students of global environmental governance." -- Gabriela Kuetting, Professor of Global Politics, Rutgers University, USA

    "This volume provides an essential glossary of critical terms and concepts in the field of international environmental politics for diplomats, analysts and students. The interdisciplinary array of expert authors provides terse and authoritative overview of the key concepts and debates that have defined the field of international environmental governance over the years. The entries carefully survey the intellectual ecosystem of the concepts applied to understanding and managing our global environmental crisis." –Peter M. Haas, Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

    "This volume is an indispensable resource for distilling what is most important for understanding the vast terrain of global environmental policy. Written by leading scholars, this book offers an authoritative lexicon to which one can turn for a quick, in-depth, and reliable reference. I wish this book was around when I was a student. I’m glad it is around now that I’m a professor."Paul Wapner, Professor of Global Environmental Politics, American University, USA