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The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

Robert Falkner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-32625-1
552 pages
February 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy presents an authoritative and comprehensive overview of global policy on climate and the environment. It combines the strengths of an interdisciplinary team of experts from around the world to explore current debates and the latest thinking in the search for global environmental solutions.

  • Explores the environmental challenges we currently face, and the concepts and approaches to solving these
  • Questions the role of global actors, institutions and processes, and considers the links between global climate and environment policy, and that of the global economy
  • Highlights the connections between social science research and global policy
  • Brings together authoritative coverage of recent research by internationally-renowned experts from around the world, including from North America, Europe, and Asia
  • Provides an essential resource guide for students and researchers from across a wide range of related disciplines – from politics and international relations, to environmental sciences and sociology – and for global policy practitioners
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Preface xiii

Part I Global Policy Challenges 1

1 Global Climate Change 3
Matthew J. Hoffmann

2 Global Water Governance 19
Joyeeta Gupta

3 Biodiversity and Conservation 37
Stuart Harrop

4 Marine Environment Protection 53
Markus Salomon

5 Deforestation 72
David Humphreys

6 Biotechnology and Biosafety 89
Aarti Gupta

7 Global Chemicals Politics and Policy 107
Henrik Selin

Part II Concepts and Approaches 125

8 Global Environmental Norms 127
Steven Bernstein

9 Global Governance 146
Johannes Stripple and Hannes Stephan

10 Global Environmental Security 163
Simon Dalby

11 International Environmental Law 179
Daniel Bodansky

12 Green Growth 197
Michael Jacobs

13 Sustainable Consumption 215
Doris Fuchs

14 Climate Change Justice 231
Edward Page

Part III Global Actors, Institutions, and Processes 249

15 The Nation-State, International Society, and the Global Environment 251
Robert Falkner

16 Transnational Environmental Activism 268
Susan Park

17 Business as a Global Actor 286
Jennifer Clapp and Jonas Meckling

18 International Regime Effectiveness 304
Steinar Andresen

19 Strengthening the United Nations 320
Steffen Bauer

20 International Negotiations 339
Radoslav S. Dimitrov

21 Regionalism and Environmental Governance 358
Miranda Schreurs

Part IV Global Economy and Policy 375

22 Globalization 377
Peter Newell

23 Private Regulation in Global Environmental Governance 394
Graeme Auld and Lars H. Gulbrandsen

24 International Trade, the Environment, and Climate Change 412
Nico Jaspers and Robert Falkner

25 Global Finance and the Environment 428
Christopher Wright

26 Energy Policy and Climate Change 446
Benjamin K. Sovacool

27 Economic Instruments for Climate Change 468
Jonas Meckling and Cameron Hepburn

28 International Aid and Adaptation to Climate Change 486
Jessica M. Ayers and Achala Chandani Abeysinghe

Index 507

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Author Information

Robert Falkner is Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He holds degrees in politics and economics from Munich University and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. He taught at Oxford, Kent and Essex universities before joining LSE and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is an associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE and of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House. Falkner has published widely on global environmental politics, including Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (2008).

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“Falkner has successfully brought together top scholars from several disciplines in a single, important book that will interest policy makers and students for years to come.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  All readership levels.”  (Choice, 1 January 2014)

This Handbook brings together world-leading scholars to analyze the political and economic challenges of climate change and global environmental policy. Expertly edited, it surveys the latest academic theories as well as provides groundbreaking research on the organizations, actors, and processes shaping global environmental politics.
Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy brings together many of the world’s leading scholars in to provide 28 authoritative yet accessible reviews of the state of the art in the field. A superbly edited volume that will become a crucial resource for students, policy practitioners and scholars alike.
Frank Biermann, VU University Amsterdam and Lund University

There are three good reasons why this Handbook should be the first port of call for anyone interested in global climate and environment policy. First, it is a written by a stellar cast of researchers at the top of their game. Second, it is coherently structured to enable a quick and easy navigation of the contributions. Third, it is thoroughly comprehensive in going well beyond a purely state-centric focus to include a rich variety of new policy initiatives by non-state actors. It also explores the intricate connections between global climate and environment policy and international political economy. This Handbook will provide not only the student but also the experienced scholar and practitioner with a definitive and commanding view.
Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne

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