1st Edition

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance

ISBN 9780415822473
Published July 23, 2014 by Routledge
252 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

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

The book is comprised of 101 entries, each defining a central concept in global environmental governance, presenting its historical evolution, introducing related debates and including key bibliographical references and further reading. The entries combine analytical rigour with empirical description. The book:

  • offers cutting edge analysis of the state of global environmental governance,
  • raises an up-to-date debate on global governance for sustainable development,
  • gives an in-depth exploration of current international architecture of global environmental governance,
  • examines the interaction between environmental politics and other fields of governance such as trade, development and security,
  • elaborates a critical review of the recent literature in global environmental governance.

This unique work synthesizes writing from an internationally diverse range of well-known experts in the field of global environmental governance. Innovative thinking and high-profile expertise come together to create a volume that is accessible to students, scholars and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents


Adaptation Eric E. Massey

Aid Åsa Persson

Antarctic Treaty Regime Alan D. Hemmings

Arctic Council Olav Schram Stokke

AssessmentsJoyeeta Gupta

Audits Olivier Boiral and Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria

Biodiversity RegimeG. Kristin Rosendal

Boundary OrganizationsMaria Carmen Lemos and Christine Kirchhoff

Business and CorporationsDoris Fuchs and Bastian Knebel

Carrying Capacities Paradigm Nathan F. Sayre and Adam Romero

CITES Daniel Compagnon

Climate Change Regime Harro van Asselt

Commission on Sustainable Development Lynn M. Wagner

Common but Differentiated Responsibility Steve Vanderheiden

Common Heritage of Mankind Scott J. Shackelford

Compliance and Implementation Sandrine Maljean-Dubois

Conservation and Preservation Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orisini

Corporate Social Responsibility Jennifer Clapp and Ian H. Rowlands

Critical Political Economy Peter Newell

Deep Ecology Andrew Dobson

Desertification Convention Steffen Bauer

Disasters Raymond Murphy

Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Carrie Menkel-Meadow

Dumping Josué Mathieu

Ecocentrism Sheryl D. Breen

Ecofeminism Charlotte Bretherton

Ecological Modernization Maarten Hajer

Ecosystem Services (Payments for) Stefanie Engel

Effectiveness Detlef F. Sprinz

Emerging Countries Ana Flavia Barros-Platiau and Amandine Orsini

Epistemic Communities Mai’a K. Davis Cross

Fisheries Regime Elizabeth R. DeSombre

Gaia Theory Karen Liftin

Global Deliberative Democracy John Dryzek

Global Environmental Facility Benjamin Denis

Global Environmental Governance Studies Oran R. Young

Global Public Good Sélim Louafi

Grassroots Movements Brian Doherty

Green Democracy Robyn Eckersley

Hazardous Chemicals Convention Peter Hough

Hazardous Wastes Regime Henrik Selin

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

Justice Katia Vladimirova

Kuznets Curve David I. Stern

Labeling and Certification Benjamin Cashore, Graeme Auld and Stefan Renckens

Law of the Sea Convention Jaye Ellis

Least Developed Countries Alexandra Hofer

Liability Cymie R. Payne

Liberal Environmentalism Steven Bernstein

Markets Matthew Paterson

Migrants François Gemenne

Military Conflicts Maya Jegen

Negotiating Coalitions Pamela Chasek

Nongovernmental Organizations Michele M. Betsill

Nonregimes Radoslav S. Dimitrov

Ozone Regime David L. Downie

Participation Philippe Le Prestre

Partnerships Liliana Andonova and Manoela Assayag

Persistent Organic Pollutants Convention Jessica Templeton

Policy Diffusion Katja Biedenkopf

Polluter Pays Principle Nicolas de Sadeleer

Population Sustainability Diana Coole

Post-environmentalism Chiara Certomà

Precautionary Principle Aarti Gupta

Preventive Action Principle Hélène Trudeau

Private Regimes Jessica F. Green

REDD Heike Schroeder

Reflexive Governance Tom Dedeurwaerdere

Regimes Amandine Orsini and Jean-Frédéric Morin

Regional Governance Tom Delreux

Reporting Klaus Dingwerth

Risk Society Ulrich Beck

Scales Kate O’Neill

Scarcity and Conflicts Alexis Carles

Scenarios Stacy D. VanDeveer and Simone Pulver

Science Tim Forsyth

Secretariats Bernd Siebenhüner

Security Hiroshi Ohta

Shaming Charlotte Epstein

Sovereignty Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini

Summit Diplomacy Arild Underdal

Sustainable Development Edwin Zaccai

Taxation Bernard P. Herber

Technology Transfer Joanna I. Lewis

Thermoeconomics 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

Transparency Michael Mason

Treaty Negotiations Daniel Compagnon

United Nations Environment Programme Steffen Bauer

Wetlands Convention Royal Gardner

World Bank Susan Park

World Environment Organization Frank Biermann

World Trade Organization Fariborz Zelli

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Jean-Frédéric Morin is Professor of International Relations at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, where he teaches international political economy and global environmental politics.

Amandine Orsini is Professor of International Relations at the Université St Louis, Brussels, Belgium. She teaches introduction to international relations, international organizations, and global environmental politics.


"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 provide 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

"In a truly unique way, this book helps to connect the dots and navigate between the concepts, ideas and schools of thought in global environmental policy today. As environmental issues climb higher on the global agenda, I would highly recommend this book to all who wish to better understand the insights of sustainable global governance." –Connie Hedegaard, European Union Commissioner for Climate Action

"The global community is at a crossroads in respect to addressing climate change. A solid understanding of global environmental governance empowers people to better shape positive democracy that determines a safer future. This book makes a valuable contribution to societal understanding and societal change. Those who care about the world we leave to our children should take inspiration from its many and varied contributors drawn from so many disparate but interlocking disciplines." –Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

"Editors Morin and Orsini chose contributors for their uniquely global perspectives, high level of expertise, and varied backgrounds. The book's title is especially appropriate because each essay discusses a significant aspect of the field. This volume is valuable for scholars and for advanced students who need to thoroughly understand this subject. Additionally, it could be used as a training guide for practitioners in diplomacy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." -C. W. Bruns, California State University--Fullerton, CHOICE Reviews, February 2015