396 pages, 17 illus
Examines international efforts to protect the ozone layer from the 1960's to the 1990's. Draws on developments in science, politics, and technology. Identifies interactions among these domains that were crucial for the evolution and successful management of the issue, and that give important insights into other global issues.
"Parson integrates science, technology and politics in an account that breaks new ground, especially about the role of scientific assessments and the operation of institutions for adaptive management. Anyone teaching or writing about international environmental regimes needs to read this book."---Robert O. Keohane, James B. Duke Professor of Political Science, Duke University
"Parson has written an important and original book. His detailed exposition of science and politics makes this authoritative treatment of the ozone issue one that will engage scientists and social scientists alike. It is subtly argued, well documented, and clear. More importantly, it will serve as a guide to global cooperation on other environmental issues."---Mario J. Molina, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Parson documents the ozone layer story in great detail...His treatment in comprehensive, explaining clearly and in great detail the complexities of science, technology, and politics of the issue.
Abbreviations; 1. Stratospheric Ozone and Its Protection: Introduction and Background; 2. Early Stratospheric Science, Chlorofluorocarbons, and the Emergence of Environmental Concern; 3. Setting the Stage: National Action and Early International Efforts, 1970-1980; 4. The Search for Knowledge-Based Resolution: Science and Scientific Assessment, 1976-1985; 5. Negotiations and Strategy, 1980-1987; 6. Eliminating Chlorofluorocarbons: Science, Assessment, and Responses, 1986-1988; 7. Industry Strategy and Technical Innovation, 1987-1992; 8. Building an Adaptive Regime: The Protocol Evolving, 1989-1999; 9. The Theoretical and Practical Significance of the Ozone Regime; Appendix A: List of Interviews; Appendix B: Archival Sources; Notes; References; Index
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