We live in an era of human-dominated ecosystems in which the demand for environmental governance is rising rapidly. At the same time, confidence in the capacity of governments to meet this demand is waning. How can we address the resultant governance deficit and achieve sustainable development? This book brings together perspectives from economics, management, and political science in order to identify innovative approaches to governance and bring them to bear on environmental issues. The authors' analysis of important cases demonstrates how governance systems need to fit their specific setting and how effective policies can be developed without relying exclusively on government. They argue that the future of environmental policies lies in coordinated systems that simultaneously engage actors located in the public sector, the private sector, and civil society. Governance for the Environment draws attention to cutting-edge questions for practitioners and analysts interested in environmental governance.
• An original and well thought out presentation of cutting edge interdisciplinary perspectives on governance for the environment • Examines the roles, relationships and motivations of actors throughout the economic and political system, demonstrating how environmental governance is about much more than government action • Balances theory with strong, contextualized summaries of real world results
Part I. Central Threads and Analytic Perspectives: Introduction: new perspectives on governance for sustainable development Magali A. Delmas and Oran R. Young; 1. Governance for sustainable development in a world of rising interdependencies Oran R. Young; Part II. Governance for Solving Environmental Problems: Perspectives from Economics, Political Science, and Management: 2. Environmental governance: an economic perspective Thomas P. Lyon; 3. Environmental governance and political science Maria Carmen Lemos and Arun Agrawal; 4. Self-regulatory institutions for solving environmental problems: perspectives and contributions from the management literature Andrew King and Michael W. Toffel; Part III. The Effectiveness of Governance for Sustainable Development: 5. Transnational actors and global environmental governance Virginia Haufler; 6. The effectiveness of voluntary environmental initiatives Madhu Khanna and Keith Brouhle; 7. The emergence of non-state market driven (NSMD) global environmental governance: a cross-sectoral assessment Graeme Auld, Cristina Balboa, Steven Bernstein, and Benjamin Cashore; Part IV. Conclusion: 8. Research opportunities in the area of governance for sustainable development Magali A. Delmas.
'This volume is a major contribution to the development of an integrated framework for the study of governance. It very effectively demonstrates how perspectives and models from several disciplines can be combined and integrated to yield new insight. We had better take notice!' Arild Underdal, University of Oslo