Creating Regimes: Arctic Accords and International Governance

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Cornell University Press, 1998 - Political Science - 230 pages

Oran R. Young is a key participant in recent debates among international relations scholars about the dynamics of rule-making and rule-following in international society. In this book, he weaves together theoretical issues relating to the formation of international regimes and substantive issues relating to the emergence of the Arctic as a distinct region in world affairs. Young divides the overall process of regime formation into three stages--agenda formation, negotiation, and operationalization--and argues that each stage has its own particular political dynamics. Efforts to explain or predict developments in specific issue areas, he suggests, require careful attention to each stage in the process. Empirically, Young examines in detail the events leading to the formation of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. Although these cases exhibit the defining characteristics of all international regimes, they broaden our understanding of institutional arrangements that are largely programmatic, rather than regulatory, in nature and that are based on soft-law agreements.

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About the author (1998)

Oran Young is Director of the Institute on International Environmental Governance at Dartmouth College. Among his books are Creating Regimes: Arctic Accords and International Governance, International Governance: Protecting the Environment in a Stateless Society, and International Cooperation: Building Regimes for Natural Resources and the Environment, all from Cornell.

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