International Environmental Agreements and Domestic Politics: The Case of Acid Rain, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

International Environmental Agreements and Domestic Politics

The Case of Acid Rain, 1st Edition

By Arild Underdal, Kenneth Hanf


384 pages

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This title was first published in 2000: In examining the domestic politics of international co-operation, this book addresses two important questions: 1. Why do governments often take different positions in negotiations about common problems - why do some states push for international regulation while others hold back? 2. How can variance in the domestic implementation of and compliance with, international agreements be explained - why do some states deliver more than they have promised, others less? The authors report findings and observations from a major study which focused on efforts to establish international regulations to cope with the problem known as acid rain. They provide in-depth case studies of nine European countries as well as a comparative analysis searching for patterns and general conclusions.


’…an expert European study of environmental agreements.’ Aslib Book Guide ’…succeeds in building our knowledge of the forces that shape state behaviour, negotiating positions and implementation/compliance results…compelling, stimulating and fresh…’ International Politics ’…well worth reading…’ Environmental Politics

Table of Contents

1. The domestic basis of international environmental agreements, Kenneth Hanf. 2. The problem of long-range transport of air pollution and the acidification regime, Kenneth Hanf. 3. Conceptual framework: modelling supply of and demand for environmental regulation, Arild Underdal. 4. Sweden - a pioneer of acidification abatement, Karin Backstrand and Henrik Selin. 5. The reluctant pusher: Norway and the acid rain convention, Torunn Laugen. 6. Reversing (inter) national policy - Germany’s response to transboundary air pollution, Detlef F. Sprinz and Andreas Wahl. 7. The Finnish fight for green gold, Petteri Hiienkoski. 8. Switzerland: from pusher to laggard in clean air policy, Stephan Kux and Walter Schenkel. 9. What’s this got to do with me? France and transboundary air pollution, Jim Skea and Caroline du Monteuil. 10. Italy: learning from international co-operation or simply following suit, Rodolfo Lewanski. 11. The British case: over compliance by luck or policy?, Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen. 12. The implementation of IEAs in Spain: from national energy considerations to EU environmental constraints, Joaquin Lopez-Novo and Francesc Morata. 13. Comparative analysis: accounting for variance in actor behaviour, Arild Underdal.

About the Authors

Kenneth Hanf

Arild Underdal

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General