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Improving Global Environmental Governance. Best Practices for Architecture and Agency

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Edited by Norichika Kanie, Steinar Andresen & Peter M. Haas
Improving Global Environmental Governance. Best Practices for Architecture and Agency
Norichika Kanie, Steinar Andresen & Peter M. Haas

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Routledge Publishing Elgar Publishing Ltd
280 pages

Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance
Series Editor: Philipp Pattberg, Agni Kalfagianni

This book inaugurates the Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance which aims high: at delivering cutting-edge research on the most vibrant themes of global environmental governance. 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.


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List of Contributors

1. Introduction: Pluralistic Actor Configurations and International Environmental Governance: Best and Worst Practices for Improving Environmental Governance
Peter M. Haas, Steinar Andresen and Norichika Kanie

2. The Agenda Setting at Sea and in the Air
Stacy D. VanDeveer

3. Lessons Learned in Multilateral Environmental Negotiations
Pamela S. Chasek

4. Actor Configurations and Compliance Tasks in International Environmental Governance
Olav Schram Stokke

5. The Mismatch of Implementation Networks in International Environmental Regimes: Lessons from Different Agreements
Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira

6. Resilience and Biodiversity Governance: The Processes of Actor Configurations which Support and Limit Resilience
Casey Stevens

7. Governance Components in Private Regulation: Implications for Legitimacy, Authority and Effectiveness
Graeme Auld, Benjamin Cashore and Stefan Renckens

8. Actor Configurations in the Climate Regime: The States Call the Shots
Steinar Andresen, Norichika Kanie and Peter M. Haas

9. Conclusion: Lessons from Pluralistic Green Governance
Norichika Kanie, Peter M. Haas and Steinar Andresen

Annex: Outline of Regimes Covered in this Volume
Masahiko Iguchi


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.

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