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International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance

1st Edition

Edited by Frank Biermann, Bernd Siebenhüner, Anna Schreyögg


274 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a comparative study of the role of international organizations in environmental governance. Whilst a growing body of literature considers global governance in a number of policy areas, this volume delivers one of the first comprehensive accounts of international organizations in relation to environmental policy.

Providing the reader with key insights within this area of global governance, the book focuses on policies developing in relation to climate change, biodiversity and international environmental funding. Presenting a compelling and up-to-date account of developments within this burgeoning policy area, the volume:

• includes a range of case studies including the World Bank, UNEP and the OECD

• presents quantitative and qualitative research that advances understanding of international organizations in the field of international relations

• delivers contributions from a range of internationally renowned academics and specialists within the field

International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations theory, international economics, environmental policy, organizational theory and environmental studies.

Table of Contents

1. Global Environmental Governance and International Organizations: Setting the Stage Frank Biermann, Bernd Siebenhüner, and Anna Schreyögg Part 1: Intergovernmental Organizations 2. The Impact of International Organizations on the Environment: An Empirical Analysis Axel Dreher and Magdalena Ramada y Galán Sarasola 3. Setting Standards for Responsible Banking: Examining the Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Emergence of the Equator Principles Christopher Wright 4. OECD Peer Reviews and Policy Convergence: Diffusing Policies or Discourses? Markku Lehtonen 5. Socialisation, the World Bank Group and Global Environmental Governance Susan Park 6. The European Union and the ‘External’ Dimension of Sustainable Development. Ambitious Promises but Disappointing Outcomes? Camilla Adelle and Andrew Jordan Part 2: International Environmental Programmes and Secretariats 7. The Role of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Coordination of Multilateral Environmental Agreements Steinar Andresen and Kristin Rosendal 8. UNEP as Anchor Organization for the Global Environment Maria Ivanova 9. Treaty Secretariats in Global Environmental Governance Steffen Bauer, Per-Olof Busch, and Bernd Siebenhüner Part 3: New Private-Public Hybrid Organizations 10. International Organizations Inc. Patterns of Environmental Partnerships Liliana B. Andonova 11. Private Governance Organizations in Global Environmental Politics: Exploring their Influences Philipp Pattberg 12. Agility and Resilience: Adaptive Capacity in Friends of the Earth International and Greenpeace Vanessa Timmer 13. International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance: Epilogue Bernd Siebenhüner and Frank Biermann

About the Editors

Frank Biermann is Professor of Political Science and of Environmental Policy Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Bernd Siebenhüner is Professor of Ecological Economics at Oldenburg University, Germany.

Anna Schreyögg is Researcher at the Climate Change Division, Federal Environment Agency, Germany.

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General