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Earth System Governance

Frank Biermann and Oran R. Young, series editors

The Earth System Governance series studies the institutions, organizations, and political processes by which humans govern their relationship with the natural environment and global biogeochemical systems. Books in this series analyze governance from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and at different levels of social organization, aiming at novel scientific insights as well as possible policy reform towards sustainable development.

Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation

A detailed examination of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the shift in governance strategy they represent.

Social Capital for the Anthropocene

An exploration of the need for innovative mechanisms of governance in an era when human actions are major drivers of environmental change.

How Activism Transformed the Jewelry Industry

The response from the jewelry industry to a campaign for ethically sourced gold as a case study in the power of business in global environmental politics.

Essays from the Anthropocene

Prominent scholars and practitioners consider the role of global environmental politics in the face of increasing environmental stress.

The New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality

An examination of shifting global power dynamics in climate change politics, and how this affects our ability to achieve equitable and sustainable climate outcomes.

Policies toward China and India

An analysis of the European Union’s engagement with China and India on climate change policy that sheds light on Europe’s claim to international climate leadership.

Deliberative Democracy in Nature's Regime

An examination of the potential and limitations of deliberative consensus as a way to achieve effective international environmental governance.

World Politics in the Anthropocene

A new model for effective global environmental governance in an era of human-caused planetary transformation and disruption.

Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance

An argument that secretariats—the administrative arms of international treaties—are political actors in their own right.

Critical Perspectives

A critical assessment of whether transparency is a broadly transformative force in global environmental governance or plays a more limited role.

A New Approach to Evaluation and Comparison

A methodology for evaluating and comparing the effectiveness of international regimes is developed and applied to a successful example of such a regime.

An examination of three major trends in global governance, exemplified by developments in transnational environmental rule-setting.

Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance

An analysis of patterns of change in international environmental regimes, with five case studies illustrating the patterns identified.