The Global Commons

A Regime Analysis, 2nd edition

John Vogler, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

0471 98826 X  June 2000  272pp  Hardback  £50.00  

0471 98574 0  June 2000  272pp  Paperback  £16.99  

The global commons - the oceans, Antarctica, outer space and the atmosphere - are critical to the survival of human kind. Yet, they are, by definition, beyond the control of any government. How, then, can the governments of some 180 or more sovereign states co-operate effectively to protect and sustain the often fragile environment of the commons? This book develops and applies the tools of regime analysis to the question of how the various global commons are, or fail to be, governed effectively.

The new edition has been extensively re-written and expanded to take into account recent developments and includes a new conclusion on the connections between global and local commons. Involving the first systematic comparative analysis of governance regimes The Global Commons covers:

  • The Third Law of the Sea Convention, the deep seabed, whaling and marine pollution regimes
  • Antarctica and the Madrid Protocol on Environmental Protection
  • Outer space regimes for weapons, the operation of satellites and the emerging problem of orbital debris
  • The global atmosphere, the Montreal Protocol for the protection of the stratospheric ozone layer and the developing climate change regime and the Kyoto Protocol
Reviews of the first edition:

'should be studied by all those who want to understand the limits to collective action on global environmental problems and is a must for every reading list associated with courses on the society-nature interface'

'as a comprehensive and incisive review of much relevant scholarship and case study material, this book should find its way on to core reading lists for environmental management'


  • Preface
  • Table of International Agreements on the Global Commons
  • List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • The Governance of the Commons
  • Regime Analysis
  • The Oceans
  • Antarctica
  • Outer Space
  • The Atmosphere
  • Regime Effectiveness
  • Explaining Regime Incidence and Change
  • Epilogue.

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