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Managing Institutional Complexity
Institutional interaction and complexity are crucial to environmental governance and are quickly becoming dominant themes in the international relations and environmental politics literatures. This book examines international institutional interplay and its consequences, focusing on two important issues: how states and other actors can manage institutional interaction to improve synergy and avoid disruption; and what forces drive the emergence and evolution of institutional complexes, sets of institutions that cogovern particular issue areas.
The book, a product of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change research project (IDGEC), offers both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Chapters range from analytical overviews to case studies of institutional interaction, interplay management, and regime complexes in areas including climate change, fisheries management, and conservation of biodiversity. Contributors discuss such issues as the complicated management of fragmented multilateral institutions addressing climate change; the possible “chilling effect” on environmental standards from existing commitments; governance niches in Arctic resource protection; the relationships among treaties on conservation and use of plant genetic resources; causal factors in cross-case variation of regime prevalence; and the difficult relationship between the World Trade Organization and multilateral environmental agreements. The book offers a broad overview of research on interplay management and institutional complexes that provides important insights across the field of global environmental governance.
About the Editors
Sebastian Oberthür is Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies at Free University Brussels and the coeditor (with Thomas Gehring) of Institutional Interaction in Global Environmental Governance: Synergy and Conflict among International and EU Policies (MIT Press, 2006)
Olav Schram Stokke is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and Research Professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. He is coeditor of Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change (MIT Press, 2011) and International Cooperation and Arctic Governance (2010, Chinese edition 2014) as well as editor of Governing High Seas Fisheries: The Interplay of Global and Regional Regimes.
"Managing Institutional Complexity makes an important theoretical contribution to our understanding of international cooperation by identifying that regimes serve three distinct functions: cognitive, regulatory, and behavioral. The empirical analysis of the Barents Sea fisheries case is a shining example of careful and rigorous case analysis."
Ronald B. Mitchell, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
"This timely volume focuses on the interplay between international environmental regimes and regime complexes. By focusing on the dynamics between efforts at multilateral environmental governance, it helps carve out a new theme in understanding the complex governance of our interdependent world."
Peter M. Haas, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"This book is an extremely valuable contribution to the mapping of different forms of interplay management and of forms of complex regime interaction in the environmental field and beyond. It presents the state of the art in an area where much is in flux and sets the stage for further research."
Helmut Breitmeier, FernUniversit