The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability

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Jacob Park, Ken Conca, Matthias Finger
Routledge, 2008 - Political Science - 226 pages
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More than twenty years after the Bruntland Commission report, Our Common Future, we have yet to secure the basis for a serious approach to global environmental governance. The failed 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development showed the need for a new approach to globalization and sustainability.

Taking a critical perspective, rooted in political economy, regulation theory, and post-sovereign international relations, this book explores questions concerning the governance of environmental sustainability in a globalizing economy. With contributions from leading international scholars, the book offers a comprehensive framework on globalization, governance, and sustainability, and examines institutional mechanisms and arrangements to achieve sustainable environmental governance. It:

  • considers current failures in the framework of global environmental governance
  • addresses the problematic relationship between sustainability and globalization
  • explores controversies of development and environment that have led to new processes of institution building
  • examines the marketization of environmental policy-making; stakeholder politics and environmental policy-making; socio-economic justice; the political origins of sustainable consumption; the role of transnational actors; and processes of multi-level global governance.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, international studies, political economy and environmental studies.

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About the author (2008)

Jacob Park is Assistant Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Green Mountain College, Vermont, USA.

Ken Conca is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, USA.

Matthias Finger is Professor of Management of Network Industries at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland.

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