1st Edition

The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability

Edited By Jacob Park, Ken Conca, Matthias Finger Copyright 2008
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    More than twenty years after the Bruntland Commission report, Our Common Future, we have yet to secure the basis for a serious approach to global environmental governance. The failed 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development showed the need for a new approach to globalization and sustainability.

    Taking a critical perspective, rooted in political economy, regulation theory, and post-sovereign international relations, this book explores questions concerning the governance of environmental sustainability in a globalizing economy. With contributions from leading international scholars, the book offers a comprehensive framework on globalization, governance, and sustainability, and examines institutional mechanisms and arrangements to achieve sustainable environmental governance. It:

    • considers current failures in the framework of global environmental governance
    • addresses the problematic relationship between sustainability and globalization
    • explores controversies of development and environment that have led to new processes of institution building
    • examines the marketization of environmental policy-making; stakeholder politics and environmental policy-making; socio-economic justice; the political origins of sustainable consumption; the role of transnational actors; and processes of multi-level global governance.

    This book will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, international studies, political economy and environmental studies.

    1. The Death of Rio Environmentalism  2. Sustainability and Globalization: A Theoretical Perspective  3. Which Governance for Sustainable Development? An Organizational and Institutional Perspective  4. A Global Political Economy of Textiles: From the Global to the Local and Back Again  5. The Marketization of Global Environmental Governance: Manifestations and Implications  6. Between Market and Justice: The Socio-Ecological Challenge  7. Sustainable Consumption? Legitimation, Regulation, and Environmental Governance  8. Transnational Transformations: From Government-Centric Interstate Regimes to Cross-Sectoral Multi-Level Networks of Global Governance  9. "Stakeholders" and the Politics of Environmental Policymaking  10. Rethinking Authority, Territory, and Knowledge: Transnational Socio-Ecological Controversies and Global Environmental Governance


    Jacob Park is Assistant Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Green Mountain College, Vermont, USA.

    Ken Conca is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, USA.

    Matthias Finger is Professor of Management of Network Industries at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland.

    ‘We urgently need global environmental governance. For this, the 1992 Earth Summit was lamentably inadequate, and the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit was even worse. This book finally offers perspectives on governance structures for sustainable development.’

    Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Dean Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara, USA 

    ‘This is a book that asks hard questions and provides thoughtful anwers. While the world cries out for leadership or innovative collaboration involving multi-stakeholders to address the challenges of globalisation, environmental degradation and climate change, people are much less willing to address governance, both domestically and internationally, because the dysfunctionalities of our politics and economics are so entrenched. This book inconveniently opens Pandora's Box and demands our attention.’

    Christine Loh, CEO of think tank Civic Exchange, Hong Kong and named a Hero of the Environment by TIME 2007