Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept, an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.
Environmental governance refers to all the processes by which political, economic, and social actors regulate interactions between humans and nature. These processes include the legislation, administration arrangements, and judicial enforcement by which local, regional, and national governments attempt to manage natural resources. Yet, just as the term ‘governance’ is broader than ‘government’, so environmental governance also refers to the actions of non-governmental and supranational organizations in so far as these concern ecological issues. Many prominent environmental concerns are transnational collective action problems that are unlikely to be resolved by action at the level of the nation state.
Developments in environmental governance exhibit many of the trends associated with the rise of the new governance. These trends include the increasing prominence of marketization, networks based ...