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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262017664 | 318 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 2012
Paperback | $27.00 Short | £18.95 | ISBN: 9780262517706 | 318 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 2012
Ebook | $19.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262306614 | 318 pp. | July 2012
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Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered


The notion of global governance is widely studied in academia and increasingly relevant to politics and policy making. Yet many of its fundamental elements remain unclear in both theory and practice. This book offers a fresh perspective by analyzing global governance in terms of three major trends, as exemplified by developments in global sustainability governance: the emergence of nonstate actors; new mechanisms of transnational cooperation; and increasingly segmented and overlapping layers of authority.

The book, which is the synthesis of a ten-year “Global Governance Project” carried out by thirteen leading European research institutions, first examines new nonstate actors, focusing on international bureaucracies, global corporations, and transnational networks of scientists; then investigates novel mechanisms of global governance, particularly transnational environmental regimes, public-private partnerships, and market-based arrangements; and, finally, looks at fragmentation of authority, both vertically among supranational, international, national, and subnational layers, and horizontally among different parallel rule-making systems.

The implications, potential, and realities of global environmental governance are defining questions for our generation. This book distills key insights from the past and outlines the most important research challenges for the future.

About the Editors

Frank Biermann is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy Sciences at VU University Amsterdam and Visiting Professor of Earth System Governance at Lund University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of fifteen books, including Managers of Global Change: The Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies (coedited with Bernd Siebenhüner) and Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered (coedited with Philipp Pattberg), both published by the MIT Press.

Philipp Pattberg is Associate Professor of Transnational Governance in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University.


“A superbly edited collection. Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg bring together a group of world-class scholars to provide a visionary analysis of the latest trends and research gaps in global environmental governance. Any future inquiry will want to build on this landmark book.”
Peter Dauvergne, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics, University of British Columbia

“This is an excellent book that brings the minds of many of the world's leading scholars of global environmental politics to bear upon the question of how best to explain and improve the actors and mechanisms which underpin contemporary global environmental governance. I have no doubt that it will become a defining text in a crowded field.”
Peter Newell, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

“This book summarizes core findings of a ten-year research program on Global Environmental Governance. Given the size and relevance of this project, it will be considered an invaluable resource for research in this field. Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered succeeds in providing both an overview of the state of the art and new insights.”
Michael Zürn, Director of the Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions Research unit at the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin; Professor of International Relations, Free University Berlin