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2nd Edition

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance

ISBN 9780367418694
Published September 1, 2020 by Routledge
332 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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



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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