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Global Environmental Institutions

By Elizabeth R. DeSombre

© 2007 – Routledge

208 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

There has been a concurrent growth in interest in the institutions that deal with global environmental issues. A vast number of international organizations address these matters; this volume provides an overview of the major global institutions attempting to protect the natural environment.

It first considers the United Nations Environment Programme and the other entities within the United Nations that play important roles in global environmental governance. It then examines institutions clustered by issue area, introducing institutions that focus on protecting endangered species and biodiversity, those that govern the ocean environment, those focusing on the atmosphere, and a recent set of institutions that regulate the transboundary movement of hazardous substances. It concludes with current debates on financing international environmental action, gaining widespread participation by states, and the question of whether the institutional structure of global environmental governance can, and should, be fundamentally reformed. The volume as a whole focuses on:

  • the underlying causes of global environmental problems
  • the creation of global environmental institutions
  • the effectiveness of action undertaken by these institutions.

Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, Global Environmental Institutions is essential reading for students of environmental politics and international organizations.


'…well written and an excellent undergraduate text for a course on international environmental policy…A useful reference for anyone interested in an introductory overview of the complex, yet fascinating world of global environmental institutions.' - International Environmental Agreements, vol 8

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Global Environmental Institutions 2. UN Environmental Machinery 3. Species and Conservation 4. Ocean Commons 5. Atmospheric Commons 6. Transboundary Movement of Hazards 7. Emerging Issues and Future Directions

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy