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Routledge Research in Global Environmental Governance


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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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The Anthropocene Debate and Political Science

The Anthropocene Debate and Political Science

1st Edition

Thomas Hickmann, Lena Partzsch, Philipp Pattberg, Sabine Weiland
September 05, 2018

Anthropocene has become an environmental buzzword. It denotes a new geological epoch that is human‐dominated. As mounting scientific evidence reveals, humankind has fundamentally altered atmospheric, geological, hydrological, biospheric, and other Earth system processes to an extent that the risk...

Regime Interaction and Climate Change: The Case of International Aviation and Maritime Transport

Regime Interaction and Climate Change: The Case of International Aviation and Maritime Transport

1st Edition

Beatriz Martinez Romera
December 05, 2017

The regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and maritime transport has proved to be a difficult task for international climate negotiations such as the Paris Agreement in 2015. Almost two decades prior, Article 2.2 of the Kyoto Protocol excluded emissions from...

Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics: International Relations and the Earth

Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics: International Relations and the Earth

1st Edition

Olaf Corry, Hayley Stevenson
July 27, 2017

How can a divided world share a single planet? As the environment rises ever higher on the global agenda, the discipline of International Relations (IR) is engaging in more varied and transformative ways than ever before to overcome environmental challenges. Focusing in particular on the key...

Environmental Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene: Institutions and legitimacy in a complex world

Environmental Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene: Institutions and legitimacy in a complex world

1st Edition

Philipp Pattberg, Fariborz Zelli
June 30, 2017

The term Anthropocene denotes a new geological epoch characterized by the unprecedented impact of human activities on the Earth’s ecosystems. While the natural sciences have advanced their understanding of the drivers and processes of global change considerably over the last two decades, the social...

Rethinking Authority in Global Climate Governance: How transnational climate initiatives relate to the international climate regime

Rethinking Authority in Global Climate Governance: How transnational climate initiatives relate to the international climate regime

1st Edition

Thomas Hickmann
June 16, 2017

In the past few years, numerous authors have highlighted the emergence of transnational climate initiatives, such as city networks, private certification schemes, and business self-regulation in the policy domain of climate change. While these transnational governance arrangements can surely...

Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community engagements with industry

Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community engagements with industry

1st Edition

Leah S. Horowitz, Michael J. Watts
December 07, 2016

Grassroots movements can pose serious challenges to both governments and corporations. However, grassroots actors possess a variety of motivations, and their visions of development may evolve in complex ways. Meanwhile, their relative powerlessness obliges them to forge an array of shifting...

How Effective Negotiation Management Promotes Multilateral Cooperation: The power of process in climate, trade, and biosafety negotiations

How Effective Negotiation Management Promotes Multilateral Cooperation: The power of process in climate, trade, and biosafety negotiations

1st Edition

Kai Monheim
September 09, 2016

Multilateral negotiations on worldwide challenges have grown in importance with rising global interdependence. Yet, they have recently proven slow to address these challenges successfully. This book discusses the questions which have arisen from the highly varying results of recent...

Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol

Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol

1st Edition

Sebastian Oberthür, G. Kristin Rosendal
October 12, 2015

This book analyses the status and prospects of the global governance of Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the aftermath of 2010’s Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD’s initial 1992 framework of global ABS governance established the objective of sharing the...

Improving Global Environmental Governance: Best Practices for Architecture and Agency

Improving Global Environmental Governance: Best Practices for Architecture and Agency

1st Edition

Norichika Kanie, Steinar Andresen, Peter M. Haas
May 22, 2015

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...

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