International Environmental Agreements

An Introduction

Edited by Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson, Geir Hønneland

© 2011 – Routledge

216 pages

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About the Book

International environmental agreements provide a practical basis for countries to address environmental issues on a global scale. This book explores the workings and outcomes of these agreements, and analyses key questions of why some problems are dealt with successfully and others ignored.

By examining fundamental policies and issues in environmental protection this text gives an easily comprehensible introduction to international environmental agreements, and discusses problems in three areas: air, water and on land. It traces the history of agreements in broad thematic areas related to long-distance air pollution, ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases, ocean management, biological diversity, agricultural plant diversity and forest stewardship. Drawing on experts in their respective fields, this book provides an insightful evaluation of the successes and failures, and analysis of the reasons for this. Concluding with an insightful examination of research to show how performance of agreements can be improved in the future, this volume is a vital contribution to our understanding of the politics associated with establishing international environmental consensus.

International Environmental Agreements will be of interest to scholars, students and researchers in global environmental politics, international relations and political science.

Steinar Andresen is Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and formerly professor at the Dept. of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Elin Lerum Boasson is Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.

Geir Hønneland is Research Director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and adjunct professor at the University of Tromsø.

Reviews

"The book is extremely well organised and all the case studies…are interesting and well written. [It] provides a well-rounded synopsis to anyone interested in international environmental politics…It succeeds [in making the text accessible to students] quite elegantly." - International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.

"This is an excellent comparison of major international environmental regimes that captures many of the lessons of the study of international environmental politics over the last 40 years. It is a splendid resource for teaching and for researchers…Buy it. Read it. Assign it." - Professor Peter Haas, UMASS Amherst, USA.

"[This book] provides a well-rounded synopsis to anyone interested in international environmental politics. The editors make it clear from the outset that their primary audience is students… That said, this book will nevertheless appeal to academics, researchers and policy-makers wishing to expand their horizons and learn more about environmental regimes that are often, though wrongly, treated as peripheral…" -Stavros Aflonis (2012).

"This text gives an easily comprehensible introduction to international environmental agreements. [It] is a vital contribution to our understanding of the politics associated with establishing international environmental consensus" - International Law Reporter

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction 1. An international environmental policy takes shape Part II Air Pollution 2.Long-range transport of air pollutants in Europe 3. International ozone politics 4. International climate cooperation Part III Ocean Management 5. Law of the sea 6. North Sea pollution control 7. International fisheries politics Part IV Nature Protection and Biodiversity 8. Convention on Biological Diversity 9. The plant treaty 10. International forest politics Part V Conclusions 11. Ideals and practice in international environmental politics

About the Editors

Steinar Andresen is Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and formerly professor at the Dept. of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Elin Lerum Boasson is Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.

Geir Hønneland is Research Director at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and adjunct professor at the University of Tromsø.

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:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL009000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POL021000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy