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The Effectiveness of International Environmental Regimes: Causal Connections and Behavioural Mechanisms

Edited By: Oran R Young

326 pages, no illustrations

MIT Press

Paperback | Jul 1999 | #95572 | ISBN: 0262740230
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Hardback | Dec 1999 | #95573 | ISBN: 0262240424
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About this book

Examines how regimes influence the behaviour of their members and those associated with them. The book identifies six mechanisms through which regimes affect behaviour and discusses the role of each through case studies of three major environmental concerns: international vessel-source oil pollution, shared fisheries and transboundary acid rain. The behavioural mechanisms feature regimes as utility modifiers, as enhancers of co-operation, as bestowers of authority, as learning facilitators, as role definers, and as agents of internal realignments. The book develops methods to demonstrate which causal mechanisms come into play with specific regimes. It emphasizes the need to supplement conventional models assuming unitary and utility-maximizing actors to explain variations in regime effectiveness.

This collection makes significant contributions to our understanding of how international regimes can influence the behavior that matters for conserving natural resources and protecting the environment, and hence what conditions can make for more effective international environmental management. --Edward A. Parson, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


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Biography

Oran R. Young is Professor and Codirector of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, sponsored by the International Council Of Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations University (UNU). He is the author of The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change: Fit, Interplay, and Scale (2002) and coeditor (with Leslie A. King and Heike Schroeder) of Institutions and Environmental Change: Principal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers (2008), both published by the MIT Press.

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