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Implementation and Effectiveness of International Environmental Commitments: Theory and Practice

Series: Global Environmental Accord Series

Edited By: David G Victor, Kal Raustiala and Eugene B Skolnikoff

737 pages, no illustrations

MIT Press

Paperback | Jun 1998 | #83757 | ISBN: 0262720280
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The book is divided into two parts. Part I looks at international systems for implementation review, through which parties share information, review performance, handle noncompliance, and adjust commitments. Part II looks at implementation at the national level, with particular attention to participation by governmental and nongovernmental actors and to problems in states with economies in transition. The book includes fourteen case studies that cover eight major areas of international environmental regulation.

There is no way to summarize this book: it is rich in variety of experience, full of unexpected results, innovative in conceptualization, broad in environmental coverage, and ultimately wise in its conclusions. You can read the conclusions with profit, but conviction will come from absorbing the entire range of experience. An immense and successful effort. --Thomas C. Schelling, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland


Introduction and overview, David G. Victor et al. Part 1 Systems for implementation review: long-term trends in systems for implementation review in international agreements on fauna and flora, John Lanchbery; the system for implementation review in the ozone regime, Owen Greene; the operation and effectiveness of the Montreal protocol's non-compliance procedure, David G. Victor; implementation review in the Baltic Sea regime, Owen Greene; "learning by doing" in the nonbinding international regime to manage trends in hazardous chemicals and pesticides, David G. Victor; data quality and compliance control in the European air pollution regime, Juan Carlos di Primio. Part 2 National implementation: the making and implementation of North Sea commitments -the politics of environmental participation, Jon Birger Skjaerseth; participation in NOx policy-making and implementation in the Netherlands, UK and Norway - different aproaches but similar results?, Jorgen Wettestad; the making and implementation of whaling policies -does participation make a difference?, Steinar Andresen; nuclear dumping in Arctic seas - Russian implementation of the London Convention, Olav Schram Stokke; implementation and effectiveness of the acid rain regime in Russia, Vladimir Kotov and Elena Nikitina; regime and enterprise -Norilsk Nickel and transboundary air pollution, Vladimir Kotov and Elena Nikitina; domestic implementation of Baltic Sea pollution commitments in Russia and the Baltic states, Alexei Roginko; implementation of Baltic Sea pollution commitments in Poland - a review of the literature, Ronnie Hjorth; conclusions, Kal Raustiala and David G. Victor.

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David G. Victor has a Ph.D. in Political Sciencefrom MIT and received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1987. He is Directorof the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, where his researchfocuses on electricity and gas markets, energy services for the poor, andinternational environmental law. He teaches regulation at Stanford LawSchool.

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