The common denominator of modern environmental governance is co-operation between public and private parties. Of course, co-operation is nothing new in itself. The novelty lies in its planned form. In co-operative environmental governance, the parties commit themselves, through a more or less binding agreement, to resolve specific environmental difficulties. When co-operation is embedded in environmental policy, it becomes a means to achieve the environmental objectives of the state. The essays which make up this volume explore this new option in environmental governance: the nature of the approach, the preconditions and its chances of success. They take an interdisciplinary approach to the task, analyzing theoretical issues and practical experiences in a number of countries.
1. The Question of Environmental Governance; P. Glasbergen. Part I: Conceptualizations. 2. Co-operative Management Regimes: A Way Forward? J. Meadowcroft. 3. Environmental Governance and Modern Management Paradigms in Government and Private Industry; H. Ernste. 4. Environmental Problems, Ecological Scales and Social Deliberation; Y. Haila. Part II: Experiences. 5. The Diversity of Environmental Agreements. An International Overview; B. Gebers. 6. Success Determining Factors for Negotiated Agreements. A Comparative Case Study of the Belgian Electricity Supply Industry and the Packaging Sector; A. Seyad, S. Baeke, M. De Clercq. 7. Partnership as a Learning Process. Environmental Convenants in the Netherlands; P. Glasbergen. 8. An Economic Approach to Environmental Agreements. Experiences from Germany; H. Bergmann, K.L. Brockmann, K. Rennings. 9. Trade Law Aspects in Relation to Use of Environmental Contracts; E. Basse. 10. Democracy and Environmental Agreements; M. Enevoldsen. Part III: Prospects. 11. Power Participation and Partnership. The Limits of Co-operative Environmental Management; A. Blowers. 12. Concluding Remarks: The Scope of Co-operative Management; P. Driessen.
'...Co-operative Environmental Governance provides a useful appraisal of the merits and limitations of existing partnerships and agreements. It deserves to be read widely and fills an important niche at a critical time when there is a great deal of interest in market-friendly, co-operative solutions to environmental problems.' Environmental Politics, 9:2 (2000) 'This important collection of 12 essays deserves to be disseminated widely among environmental policy-makers as a matter of some urgency. The book makes an invaluable contribution to the understanding of this rapidly intensifying area of study and policy-making experimentation. The book itself takes a pan-European, genuinely multidisciplinary approach, with contributions from lawyers, economists, and political and social scientists.' RECIEL, 9:2 (2000)