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On Environmental Governance
Sustainability, Efficiency, and Equity

ISBN 9781612051338
Published January 30, 2013 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

In On Environmental Governance, Oran R. Young examines a variety of efforts to meet the challenge of governing human interaction with the environment in the interest of sustainability. At the same time, he considers measures to minimize restrictions on human actors in using their natural resources. Young looks at issues including climate change, biodiversity, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon cycle disruption in exploring impacts from the local to the global. The book draws on general ideas about the nature of governance while exploring new models for governing human-environment relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Governing Human-Environment Relations

Part I: Simple Environmental Governance
Chapter 1 Natural Resources
Chapter 2 Environmental Protection
Chapter 3 Ecosystem Services

Part II: Complex Environmental Governance
Chapter 4 Horizontal Interplay
Chapter 5 Vertical Interplay

Part III: Environmental Governance in the Anthropocene
Chapter 6 The Great Acceleration
Chapter 7 The Sustainability Transition

Conclusion: Making Environmental Governance Work

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Oran R. Young is Professor of Institutional and International Governance and Environmental Institutions at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of numerous books including, most recently, Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance (MIT Press 2010), and was the founding chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change within the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.


"Valuable for research libraries, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduate students interested in managing environmental problems. Recommended."

"As a scholar who has conducted extensive research on environmental governance for multiple decades, I found Oran Young's new book outstanding. He covers all of the key issues involved in environmental governance at multiple scales using an intriguing and cumulative approach. I strongly recommend this book..."
-- the late Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University--Bloomington

"In this elegant and powerful book--the distillation of a lifetime of brilliant theory combined with a lifetime of empirical experience--Oran Young presents humanity the key to continuing our civilization and avoiding the planetary disasters a failure of environmental governance will otherwise bring."
-- Durwood Zaelke, President, the Institute on Governance for Sustainable Development

"I consider this concise volume the most insightful and illuminating account of the subject of environmental governance for a globalized world. The conversational style brings clarity to subtle distinctions and connections between and among the many complex concepts in the field. It undoubtedly serves as a toolkit of huge importance to analysis and praxis of the daunting challenges facing China, a major variable contributing to the Great Acceleration in the age of Anthropocene."
-- Ye Qi, Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Climate Policy Initiative at Tsinghua University--Beijing