Presenting extensive new research, this ground-breaking study addresses the critical dimensions of participatory and democratic processes in the field of trade-sustainability relationships and sustainability assessments of trade rules. The specific issues in trade include social and environmental concerns for which there is a wide disparity of preferences and no economic benchmark. The contributors provide analytical responses to questions of how deliberative processes can adequately close the democratic gap in global governance and how institutional reforms can ensure better access to information, transparency, deliberation and more accountability. The book provides the necessary theoretical background as well as case studies to understand these issues and is suitable for students and academics in international law, international relations and economics.
Contents: Foreword, Peter Haas; Introduction: Participation for sustainability in trade, Sophie Thoyer and Benoît Martimort-Asso. Part 1 Theoretical Analysis of Participatory Processes: Is sustainable development an alternative principle of justification?, Olivier Godard; Global public goods and governance of sustainable development, Sophie Thoyer; Deliberation and democracy in global governance; the role of civil society, Patrizia Nanz and Jens Steffek; Assessing civil society participation: an evaluative framework, Jessica F. Green. Part 2 Participation in International Agenda-Setting and Decision-Making: The International Agenda for Sustainable Development: International Contestatory Movements, Carlos Milani and Chlo eraghel; Epistemic Community and International Governance of Biological Diversity: A Reinterpretation of the Role of IUCN, S m Louafi; Emerging Corporate Actors in Environment and Trade Governance: New Vision and Challenge for Norm-Setting Processes, Isabelle Biagiotti; Transparency and Participation of Civil Society in International Institutions Related to Biotechnology, Jona Razzaque; Global Forest Governance: Effectiveness, Fairness and Legitimacy of Market-Driven Approaches, Steve Bass and St ane Gu au. Part 3 Participation in Implementation and Evaluation: The Role of Scientific Expertise in Assessing Sustainability under Uncertainty and Controversy - Lessons from the Case of Climate Change, Olivier Godard; The Contribution of Network Governance to Sustainability Impact Assessment, Tom Dedeurwaerdere; Public participation in the EU's sustainability impact assessment of trade agreements, Markus Knigge and Nicole Kranz; Transparency, Information Disclosure and Participation in Export Credit Agency Cover Decisions,Benjamin Gorlach, Markus Knigge,and Marcus Schaper. Part 4 Conclusion: The Effectiveness of Participatory Procedures: Actors' Viewpoints. Index.