Improving Global Environmental Governance

Best Practices for Architecture and Agency

Edited by Norichika Kanie, Steinar Andresen, Peter M. Haas

© 2014 – Routledge

280 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The experience of environmental governance is approached in Improving Global Environmental Governance from the unique perspective of actor configuration and embedded networks of actors, which are areas of emerging importance. The chapters look at existing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the broader constellation of partially networked institutions to better understand the involvement of individual actors and how to deepen the networks that include them to generate more effective governance.

The book covers a wide range of issued pertaining to environmental governance including trans-boundary air pollution, marine pollution, biodiversity and ozone depletion. It also examines partnerships as a hybrid case of emerging modes of environmental governance. These partnerships are a recent form of actor configuration that warrant attention for dealing with global environmental threats in order to better understand the full potential of actor configurations in the absence of state involvement. In order to test applicability to on-going but stalled processes, the book applies the approach to one of the most difficult issues we face: climate change.

By addressing key questions in this important area, the book provides new perspectives in the nexus between agency and architecture in environmental governance in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Pluralistic Actor Configurations and International Environmental Governance: Best and Worst Practices for Improving Environmental Governance Peter M. Haas, Steinar Andresen and Norichika Kanie 1. Agenda Setting at Sea and in the Air Stacy D. VanDeveer 2. Lessons Learned in Multilateral Environmental NegotiationsPamela S. Chasek 3. Actor Configurations and Compliance Tasks in International Environmental GovernanceOlav Schram Stokke 4. The Mismatch of Implementation Networks in International Environmental Regimes: Lessons from Different Agreements Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira 5. Resilience and Biodiversity Governance: The processes of actor configurations which support and limit resilienceCasey Stevens 6. Governance Components in Private Regulation: Implications for Legitimacy, Authority and Effectiveness Graeme Auld, Benjamin Cashore and Stefan Renckens 7. Actor configurations in the climate regime: The states call the shots Steinar Andresen, Norichika Kanie and Peter M. Haas Conclusion: Lessons from Pluralistic Green Governance Norichika Kanie, Peter M. Haas, Steinar Andresen Annex Masahiko Iguchi

About the Editors

Norichika Kanie is Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies.

Steinar Andresen is Research Professor at Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway

Peter M. Haas is Professor of Political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

About the Series

Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance

Global environmental governance has been a prime concern of policy-makers since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. Yet, despite more than 900 multi-lateral environmental treaties coming into force over the past 40 years and numerous public-private and private initiatives to mitigate global change, human-induced environmental degradation is reaching alarming levels. Scientists see compelling evidence that the entire earth system now operates well outside safe boundaries and at rates that accelerate. According to a recent scientific assessment organized by the international Earth System Governance Project (ESGP), human societies must change course and steer away from critical tipping points that might lead to rapid and irreversible change, while ensuring sustainable livelihoods for all. The urgent challenge from a social science perspective is how to organize the co-evolution of societies and their surrounding environment, in other words, how to develop effective and equitable governance solutions for today’s global problems.

Against this background, the Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance series delivers cutting-edge research on the most vibrant and relevant themes within the academic field of global environmental governance. In more detail, the areas of interest of global environmental governance research constitute:

The overall institutional and organizational structure of Global Environmental Governance

  • The core actors, their interests and motives
  • New governance instruments and approaches, including public-private partnerships; market-based governance
  • Questions of governance effectiveness, democratic legitimacy, accountability and transparency in/of Global Environmental Governance
  • Normative underpinnings and implications of Global Environmental Governance, including considerations of equity, access, fairness and justice
  • Adapting the overall global governance landscape to new challenges, including ecological and social tipping points
  • Methodological questions on how to better integrate governance research and the more quantitative modelling and scenario communities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUS099000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POL009000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POL040000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy