International Politics and the Environment provides a sophisticated overview of the theories, concepts and methods central to the complex and contentious field of International Environmental Politics (IEP). Ronald Mitchell carefully introduces students to the political processes involved in both causing and resolving international environmental problems. Each fully integrated chapter:
- Links environmental policy to politics, bringing in a wide range of practical real-life examples
- Deepens students' theoretical understanding, helping them to identify and explain international environmental problems and their solutions
- Goes beyond description and develops students' ability to evaluate claims about outcomes in international environmental politics through empirical testing.
A rounded, in-depth examination of IEP, this book has been specifically written for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in global environmental politics and modules of broader international relations programs.
Chapter 5: Negotiating Solutions to International Environmental Problems
Negotiating Solutions to International Environmental Problems
A consensus about the existence, causes, and importance of an environmental problem does not always produce a consensus among states on whether, let alone what, international action to take. Even after an environmental change becomes a topic for international discussion, highly concerned states may fail to prompt international action. This chapter focuses on the background conditions, negotiation processes, and institutional provisions that facilitate or hinder intergovernmental regime formation. It addresses two questions central to the study of international environmental politics: regime formation and regime design (see Young and Osherenko, 1993c: vii). With respect to regime or institutional formation, when are states likely to succeed in negotiating solutions to identified problems? Why do states reach ...