1st Edition

Global Environmental Politics and International Organizations The Eurasian and European Experience

Edited By Anastassia Obydenkova Copyright 2024

    The literature on environmental politics and regional governance has mainly been dedicated to the role played by the European Union (EU). The analysis of environmental agenda and politics of other regional international organisations (IOs) and banks remained in the shadows compared to studies of European actors. This book aims to address the following questions: How do various actors (such as regional IOs) matter in promoting an environmental agenda? What challenges do they face?

    The first perspective developed in this book investigates European IOs (e.g., the EU, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and newly emerged Eurasian IOs (e.g., the Eurasian Economic Union, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank). The second perspective unfolds various environmental issues within the EU and across post-Communist EU members and candidate states (e.g., in Serbia, Latvia, Hungary). The analysis of these two perspectives discloses multiple dimensions in the impact of the EU and other regional and non-regional IOs on sustainable development. The book aspires to shed more light on the nexus of political and economic developments, and to contribute to better understanding of the role of a variety of IOs in sustainable development in Europe and Eurasia.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Post-Communist Economies.

    Introduction—Global environmental politics and international organizations: the Eurasian and European experience
    Anastassia Obydenkova

    1. Environmental commitments and rhetoric over the Ppndemic crisis: social media and legitimation of the AIIB, the EAEU, and the EU
    Stephen G. F. Hall, Tobias Lenz and Anastassia Obydenkova

    2. The impact of new actors in global environmental politics: the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development meets China
    Anastassia Obydenkova, Vinícius G. Rodrigues Vieira and Jale Tosun

    3. Do social and environmental capabilities improve bank stability? Evidence from transition countries
    Khurshid Djalilov and Christopher Hartwell

    4. Post-accession backsliding and European Union environmental policies
    Aron Buzogány and Benedetta Cotta

    5. Impact of the environmental taxes on reduction of emission from transport in Latvia
    Jānis Brizga, Māris Jurušs and Baiba Šmite-Roķe

    6. Environmental conflict, renewable energy, or both? Public opinion on small hydropower plants in Serbia
    Mile Mišić and Anastassia Obydenkova


    Anastassia Obydenkova is Research Scientist at the Institute for Economic Analysis of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IAE-CSIC) and Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE), Spain. Her main areas of expertise are sustainable development, socio-economic and geopolitical transformations, global environmental politics, and area-focus on Eurasia and China. She is the author and editor of multiple books and articles on these topics. She was awarded research fellowships at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard Universities.

    "Anastassia Odybenkova’s excellent collection of empirically rich chapters offers a host of insights about interactions between international organizations and Central European and Eurasian states and societies – all valuable contributions to our understanding of contemporary policy outcomes and political dynamics."

    Stacy D. VanDeveer, Professor of Global Governance and Human Security, University of Massachusetts Boston (USA)

    "Eurasia has only seldom been a focus on global environmental politics despite the region’s importance for (fossil) resources. This carefully edited collection gives the region the attention it deserves. The theoretically informed empirical analyses provide insights for the region and beyond."

    Jale Tosun, Professor of Political Science, Heidelberg University (Germany)

    "This volume enriches our understanding of regional environmental governance by confronting lessons and expectations derived mostly from the European experience with empirical studies of international organizations with memberships more diverse or volatile on the democratic-authoritarian dimension. It advances the study of authoritarian regionalism by examining the interplay of global, regional, national and private institutions on a string of pressing sustainable-development issues."

    Olav Schram Stokke, Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo (Norway)